The Fertility Diaries: Friends and Mothers
"She's So Worth It" continued...
Fortunately, as the new family settled in, Carrie began physical therapy,
and the exercises seemed to be making an improvement. "By the time Payton
was about 12 days old, I could pick her up and carry her, which was great,"
she says. "Walking around the house still tires me out, but every day I can
do a little more, walk a little farther." And every day, she is falling
more in love with her beautiful daughter.
Carrie: "You see her for the first time and she's just like a
little angel. I spend hours staring at her. Of course, I didn't expect to have
all of the issues afterward, especially since my pregnancy had gone so
smoothly. But still, even with all of that, I would not trade this for
anything. She's so worth it."
Should You Freeze Your Eggs?
It seems like a promise of perpetual fertility: Freeze your eggs now, and if
by your late 30s you haven't found Mr. Right or you want to achieve career
goals before having a child, you don't have to worry about your biological
clock running out. Unfortunately, it's not a promise you can count on. The
American Society for Reproductive Medicine still regards frozen eggs as
experimental, and to date, only a reported 150 live births have resulted from
them worldwide. The reason: Unlike sperm, eggs don't freeze well — ice crystals
easily damage their chromosomal structure. "The success rates are so low
that you're actually better off waiting until your 40s and doing IVF," says
reproductive endocrinologist Glenn Schattman, M.D., of New York Presbyterian
HospitalWeill Medical College of Cornell University. Freezing eggs also
involves a time consuming process that can require several rounds of fertility
drugs and egg harvesting. Plus, it's costly — $12,000 to $15,000 for egg
extraction, and more than $8,000 total for egg storage and thawing.
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