You may recognize Jennifer Frappier, the lovely woman who decided to freeze her eggs when she was 36. Dating but not betrothed, she opted for egg freezing and three years later has found her voice as a blogger and documentary filmmaker raising awareness for fertility preservation.
After her initial research into egg freezing, Jennifer made and appointment with Dr. Kristin Bendikson with USC Fertility as a part of a fact-finding mission. After learning more about the fertility treatment, Jennifer asked herself not 'Should I pursue egg freezing?' but 'Why wouldn't I?'
Why USC Fertility for Egg Freezing?
Jennifer says that her first impression was that USC Fertility is a family. 'Seeing the pictures of kids on the wall, having everyone treat me with kindness and respect, and even the woman who had taken my blood encouraged me and was part of my journey.'
Two weeks later, Jennifer started the egg freezing process. That first cycle ended on the third day because of a dominant follicle that concerned Dr. Bendikson. For Jennifer, the holiday season and her grandfather's health put plans on hold, but the next egg freezing cycle proceeded as planned.
'It went super smooth -- no monster follicles!' she said. 'I felt this sense of euphoria; I was happy and excited.' She had the trigger shot, moved on to egg retrieval and woke up with 13 eggs, of which nine were mature.
Nine were enough for Jennifer. 'I remember talking to my mom about having more eggs retrieved. I asked myself: Was there a number that would ever be enough? That perspective helped me to feel content.'