Fact: More women are opting to delay motherhood for a variety of reasons: career, relationship stability, or mere self-readiness. The only setback is that your biological clock could work against you. But, as they say, if there's a will, there's a way.
Thanks to technology, it's now possible to delay motherhood, worry less about your eggs' health and be more proactive in your journey to motherhood. You've probably read about the egg freezing experiences of DJ and TV host Sam Oh and fashion designer, milliner and corsetiere Mich Dulce. Today, egg freezing is no longer just for young single women, cancer patients, or women with fertility issues, but also for women or mothers, who are ideally age 35 or younger, but jumped onto the baby-making train late in the game.
In developed countries in the U.S., egg freezing has become so popular that there is actually boutique egg freezing clinics -- health centers that are solely focused on extracting and storing a woman’s eggs, as opposed to just treating infertility and offering in-vitro fertilization. It's marketed to target young women who want the procedure but are not necessarily traumatized about not being able to get pregnant.
In these clinics, women can go through the process of egg freezing without fear of being judged. It also eliminates the feeling of awkwardness about not wanting to get pregnant yet and then being around women are actively trying to conceive. "In a sense, I would feel selfish to say, 'I have the ability [to have kids], but I’m putting that on hold' ... that would really take a toll on me psychologically," Lisa Besserman, 32, told New York Magazine.
Having your eggs frozen involves a series of consultation, requires daily injections of ovary-stimulating hormones, and regular vaginal ultrasounds before the doctors can harvest your eggs. If you think about it, it makes sense for these startup boutique egg freezing clinics abroad to thrive and target young women.
Egg freezing isn't as popular in the Philippines as it is in the U.S. because of our culture. However, there are local clinics in the country where you can have your egg's preserved for future use. Mich had planned to have the procedure done here before she opted to have it done in a clinic in Belgium where laws about egg freezing are more sophisticated.
Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility (CARMI) G/F Medical Arts Building, St. Luke's Medical Center-Global City32nd St. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City Call (02) 789-7700 ext. 2111 Email: email@example.com Visit stlukescarmi.com
It's the only hospital-based fertility clinic in Manila. The clinic already had two successful pregnancies after egg freezing. Mich Dulce considered having her eggs frozen here until she decided to do it abroad.
Kato Repro Biotech Center (KRBC) 8/F Tower 1, The Enterprise Center, 6766 Ayala Ave Makati City. Call (02) 822.1209, 801.1324, 801.8642, and 919.6802; 0917.7239211 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit katoreprobiotechcenter.com
It's the Philippine branch of a Tokyo-based fertility clinic that has been around since 2012. It's where Sam Oh had the procedure done, which cost her around P120,000 to P130,000.
Victory A.R.T. Laboratory Phil. Inc. Unit D-1 Medical Plaza Makati, Amorsolo cor. Dela Rosa Sts., Legaspi Village, Makati City Call (02) 884.2290 to 92, 94 Email: email@example.com Visit ivfvictoryphilippines.com
It's headed by Dr. Gregorio Pastorfide, one of the pioneers of fertility medicine in the country. It's part of the Hong Kong-based Victory A.R.T. Laboratories.
Repro Optima Center for Reproductive Health, Inc. G/F JRDC Building, Osmeña Blvd., Capitol Site, Cebu City Phone: (032) 256.2433 or (032) 254.6965 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit repro-optima.com
In-Vitro Fertilization Davao, Inc. LG/F Brokenshire Womencenter, Brokenshire Hospital Madapo Hills, Davao City Phone: (082) 305-1163, (082) 305-3525 local 4507 Email: email@example.com
Despite its increasing popularity, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), there’s a 2 to 12 percent chance that any single frozen egg will result in a baby. The ideal time to become pregnant and become a mom is really up to you. Still, it could put one's mind at ease knowing you did something to make sure your eggs are healthy. That eliminates one worry, one less factor in the whole equation of getting pregnant and becoming a mom.
[UPDATE: The Medical City in Ortigas, Pasig is also now offering egg freezing acoording to this article.]