Raise your hand if you’ve gotten grief from titas (or even your own parents!) who won’t stop bugging you to have a child because it’s “the right thing to do”. And while their well-meaning nagging stems from their excitement to see you with your own bundle of joy, let's face it: Being a mom isn't exactly on every woman's agenda, and those who are considering motherhood don't want children just yet.
In a generation when women are not afraid to call out society for its long-standing gender bias, women's empowerment has never been stronger. Marrying at an early age, becoming a homemaker, and taking care of one’s children are no longer the only paths for women. We have more options now: To travel the world, climb corporate ladders, and build businesses—whatever it is that we dream freely.
While we don’t experience the stigma that women before us once did for focusing on careers instead of building a family, we are still faced with a biological dilemma: As we look to settling down and starting a family at an older age, how difficult will it be to get pregnant down the road? What other fertility options do we have?
Dr. Gia Pastorfide, an IVF (in vitro fertilization) and fertility specialist of Victory A.R.T. (Assisted Reproductive Technologies) Laboratory, defines egg freezing as the “extraction of healthy eggs from a woman who wants to preserve them for future use.”
Hardly talked about in the Philippines, egg freezing is starting to become a viable recourse for women who are delaying motherhood for various reasons. Here are three facts about egg freezing to help you know more about it.
1. It’s quick, safe, and has zero downtime.
The entire process takes less than two weeks. It begins when the patient sees her doctor for daily hormone injections to increase her production of eggs, and runs until the extraction of the eggs 10 to 12 days later.
The hormone injections take a few minutes, after which the patient can return to work and resume her daily activities. Meanwhile, the extraction is similar to the painless procedure of a vaginal ultrasound.
2. Egg freezing is for women in their 20s to 40s.
Women in their late 20s and early 30s make the best candidates, but women in their 40s have also been successful in freezing and using their eggs later on.
3. It's practically painless.
If you get nervous or queasy around needles, the only thing you’ll worry about would be the sting that comes with getting injections—which goes away in a few seconds.
Since each body is unique, Dr. Gia recommends consulting a doctor first to discuss the egg freezing process for your body and clarify your medical and health concerns.
As the pioneering fertility center in the Philippines, Victory A.R.T has close to two decades’ experience with clinics across Asia, and it currently has one of the highest pregnancy success rates in the country, becoming a popular choice for egg freezing and IVF procedures.
If having children is something you’re not ready for at the moment but might be interested in later on, you can rest easy knowing that you will still have control over your choices. You can still be a mom as you like, but in your #OwnTime.
Victory A.R.T is located at Unit D-1, Medical Plaza Makati, Armorsolo cor. Dela Rosa St., Legazpi Village, Makati City 1229. For more information, follow Victory A.R.T on Facebook.