Eggsurance Story

EGGSURANCE STORY

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

My name is Brigitte and I froze 11 eggs at age 39.
When I started my fertility journey in 2011, egg freezing was still in its infancy.  There were no egg freezing specific blogs, websites or communities – zero, nada, zilch.  Going through the egg freezing process was terrifying and isolating.  And, I knew I was not alone.  So, I decided to do something about it.
In May 2012, four months after freezing my eggs, I launched Eggsurance – the first egg freezing community and education site.
Since its inception, Eggsurance, like egg freezing, has gone through several iterations. However, Eggsurance’s guiding principle remains the same:  Build a safe and welcoming egg freezing community for women to explore fertility preservation, meet like-minded women and share their stories.
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Brigitte Adams Eggsurance Egg Freezing in Bloomberg Businessweek

For me, freezing my eggs, and finally owning my own fertility, went hand in hand with telling my story. After six years on ice, I finally decided to stop waiting for Mr. Right and embrace single motherhood. But, I never thought my OWN story would become a nightmare.

Founder, Brigitte Adams

If you told me when I started Eggsurance that two years later I’d be on the cover of Bloomberg BusinessWeek, I would have said STFU!  Although it was never my intention to become “the face of egg freezing,” I knew it was important to be open and vocal about my egg freezing journey.
Freezing my eggs
For so many years, I had ignored my fertility. I can’t blame my OB/GYN.  I can’t blame society for lulling me into the misconception that I still had time. Looking back now, I realize that I kept waiting for all the pieces of the puzzle – the guy, the job, etc.. – to magically connect themselves and THEN I would be ready for motherhood.
Unfortunately, my life did not take the linear path I expected it to.  It was not until a few months shy of my 39th birthday that I finally got into action and froze my eggs.
My frozen eggs failed me
After six years on ice, I finally decided to stop waiting for Mr. Right and embrace single motherhood. But, I never thought my OWN story would become a nightmare.
When I froze my eggs I knew that there were no guarantees. I agreed to the odds, anyway. Over the six years my eggs were on ice, I convinced myself that the rules did not apply to me. My eleven frozen eggs only produced one genetically normal embryo. That one surviving embryo resulted in a chemical pregnancy. I never imagined that my egg freezing gamble would end this way.
Leaning on each other
I also know that I am not alone.  More and more women are coming back to use their frozen eggs – some with partners and some without.
To my egg freezing sisterhood, thank you for all of your support and encouragement along the way.  I will continue to lean on you and please reach out, openly share your story (it will help someone somewhere) and lean on each other.

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