Egg Freezing Gave Me Freedom To Travel The World
It's quite the bold statement, right?
Before I quit the job and started traveling (and now living) in Medellin, Colombia - I was a medical sales rep in downtown Chicago. I sold a medication to Reproductive Endocrinologists - which are doctors that only work with women and men who have problems having a child. They are specialists. I spent 7 years in a profession that constantly talked about biological clocks but I also learned A LOT of statistics.
It's odd, we really do spend most of our adult lives trying NOT to get pregnant, and then when some women want to - they can't.
It's just not fair sometimes.
I was fortunate enough to start this job at 28 years old, so I knew all about the pros and cons of fertility and egg freezing from a pretty young age. But still, the nurses would always tease me about freezing my eggs. It was their job after all. And I did sell one of the medications that is a vital component to the process. It made sense that I thought about and considered it more than the average female.
I also knew in my gut, that I wasn't having kids anytime soon. I still had a lot I wanted to accomplish on a very personal level. There was a voice deep in my gut saying...
If you don't experience living life abroad,
you will always regret it.
This was something I had felt my ENTIRE LIFE, but the feeling continued to get stronger as I entered my 30s. It felt like the window of opportunity to travel and live abroad independently, was only getting smaller with time.
So, I did it. I froze my eggs in August of 2016.
The process? It actually wasn't that bad. Overall I had minimal side effects and found my recovery from the procedure very quick. Now, did I enjoy poking myself with tiny needles everyday for 12 days?
Did I enjoy feeling like I had a small soccer ball in my stomach for about 72 hours towards the end of the stimulation?
But was it better than I thought it would be?
Everything was manageable. But I also tolerate pain well and consider myself a pretty low key human being - most times. But I have to say, the idea of having young eggs on ice really relieved a lot of stress for me. Several months later, I mentally made a decision to change the course of my life plan as well. I decided to give up the *great* job (it truly was the best job I have ever had) to travel the world.
8 months after I froze my eggs, I put in my two weeks notice and made plans to move to Medellin, Colombia. HOLY CRAP. Now, there were MANY reasons I was able to quit my job and do this. I had saved money for a long time, I had started to build freelance clients, I had been to Medellin before, I had always wanted to travel, etc.
But let's be honest, I think a lot of women are fearful to travel BECAUSE they want to do that husband baby thing. But ladies, in my opinion, it's not a good idea to put your eggs in one basket (pun intended). We have an opportunity in front of us to utilize technology that buys us a little bit more time. Is it a 100% guarantee?? Not at all. However, for me personally, I'm OK with that. It's more important to me to travel and be my authentic self, than it is to have kids at this juncture. But talk to me in a few years, who knows what I'll think then.
In the meantime, I'm truly living my best life right now. I've been in Medellin for one year and I'm planning my next city to live in. Thinking it will be Mexico City 🙂
I've started a Blogging Meetup where I get 40+ people together every month to talk about our creative passions. I've built a community, I've learned Spanish, I've fallen in love with salsa dancing, I've had a hot latin guy hit on me when I had absolutely no idea what he was saying but flattered at the idea that he wanted to talk to me, and most importantly I've just really fallen in love with my life. Because I'm being my authentic self. And that's truly the best thing I could have asked for.
To me, egg freezing is another medical advancement that provides
women with options to live a life they choose for themselves.
Everyday we make choices that we hope make us happier and improves our future. For me, this was a choice that allowed me freedom to travel the world and experience life in a way that will only make me a better human and potentially better mother one day.
If you're looking for additional resources and facts about egg freezing, check out my friend Valerie Landis and her amazing website Eggsperience.
She even started a podcast about egg freezing called Eggology Club. Be sure you listen to Episode 9 where I talk about how egg freezing gave me additional freedom for my travels, and a bit more about my personal story.
What do you think? Have you frozen your eggs? Why did you do it? How was the experience? Share your story in the comments below.
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