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 alone 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.
Brigitte Adams Eggsurance
Brigitte Adams Eggsurance Egg Freezing in Bloomberg Businessweek

“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. I hope, however, that my story encourages you to have a Plan C.

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.
Becoming a single mom
For me, freezing my eggs, and finally owning my own fertility, went hand in hand with telling my story.  That is why, I am also being vocal about my path to motherhood.  After five years on ice, I have finally decided to use my frozen eggs and become a single mom. I’m looking forward to telling the next chapter of my story- from thawing, sperm shopping to transfer… and, hopefully, motherhood. I am hopeful that my eggs will “work,” but I know that they are not a guarantee.
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 be leaning on all of you over the next few months.

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