Updated: Mar 11
Understanding how our bodies work and what goes on inside can help navigate fertility better.
On January 19, 2022, I had my second appointment with a Reproductive Endocrinologist to preserve my fertility by freezing eggs. The doctor examined my ovaries by performing a baseline transvaginal ultrasound four days after my period to evaluate my ovarian reserve. During the ultrasound the doctor counted how many follicles where in both ovaries. Ovarian follicles are small sacs filled with fluid inside a woman’s ovaries.
Every month, each follicle has the potential to release an egg for fertilization. Follicles are an important part of assessing the status of a woman’s fertility as well as what fertility treatment will be best. There are three hormones that can indicate ovarian reserve: AMH (Anti- Mullerian Hormone, FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone), and E2 (Estradiol). During the appointment I also had blood work to check my TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) and AMH levels. I feel so blessed to even be a good candidate for egg freezing.
Now at 36, I don’t feel the pressure I was initially feeling to quickly have another baby after having my son 9 months ago. Hopefully by freezing my eggs, that will help boost my chances of another pregnancy when I’m ready. Having the ability to freeze your eggs can be a valuable, life-changing option for women that may want to delay starting a family due to: career and educational goals, lifestyle or travel plans, married or in a committed relationship but want to wait a while to start or have more children, possibly wanting to start a family on your own one day by using donor sperm, not having found the right partner or medical reasons (such as going through chemotherapy), etc. My heart goes out to all the women who are struggling with fertility and making the best decision for their own personal fertility journey - I am sending you all love, positive vibes and prayers.
*I actually was a little too excited about the possibility of freezing my eggs while recording this video– my first egg retrieval won’t be until March, not February.
Jennifer Johnson, MD, MBA
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