What is this egg freezing tab doing on a woman's blog about Medellin?
That is a great question.
Before starting my new journey as a digital nomad, I spent 7 years in medical sales selling fertility medications and working with Reproductive Endocrinologists. It was an amazing job. I learned so much about fertility and a woman's reproductive system. One of the several things I learned was the increasing trend towards social egg freezing and the reasoning behind it.
I knew 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 for years, 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.
Mentally, I made the decision to quit my corporate job to travel months before it happened. But two things had to happen first - I had to save a bit of extra money to ensure I would be financially stable for a significant amount of time. Second, I had to freeze my eggs. Not truly knowing the date of my return to the states (if ever), I wanted to take an extra step in securing my future. At 31 years old, there was no way I was returning to the corporate world in under 2 years. I was taking too big of a risk, just to go backwards and back to "normal" life without truly giving 100% effort to the digital nomad lifestyle. Having experienced travel before, I knew there was ultimate highs and potential low moments - and I was prepared to wait out any storm and give it a fair shot. Freezing my eggs would give me a sense of calmness to ease the fear.
Before I continue, I want to put something very important out there. I am very aware freezing eggs does not guarantee a baby. Armed with data and information, I am aware of the risk I take. I weighed pros and cons, knowing that it was possible none of my frozen eggs make it into embryos in the future. In my personal opinion, travel and experiencing life in the most authentic, real, vulnerable way possible is my #1 priority. If this means sacrificing having children in the long run, I am ready to accept that. I truly hope it does not, but I am comfortable if that is the result.
I spent 12 days on stimulation medications and went in for the retrieval process 36 hours later. I was happy with my results and I felt very few symptoms besides the occasional bloating. To me, egg freezing is another medical advancement that provides women with options to live the 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. Sitting here (in Medellin, Colombia) several months later, I can say I am truly confident in all of my decisions.
My life in Medellin is exhilarating. I feel like I have lived a year in three months. I can hold a conversation in Spanish, I can keep up in the salsa clubs and I enjoy the beautiful spring weather everyday. I am getting wiser, healthier and happier. I am also meeting an abundance of interesting, inspiring people while building up freelance clients.
If you'd like to read about the reasons I choose Medellin, you can read here. I froze my eggs with Ova Egg Freezing and wrote a few blogs about my journey. You can find them here.I also did a 10 minute interview with Eggsperience about my egg freezing process. Watch the video here.
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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