In this moving essay, Shannon M. Clark, M.D., explains why she decided egg donation was right for her—and why other women in her shoes shouldn’t feel ashamed.
On the eve of my fertile window, I am full of apprehension. I know that trying to conceive often conjures up all sorts of emotions and even a visceral response not only for me but for so many women. Even though I know I am not alone, part of my experience does feel very lonely and often misunderstood.
For the past 10+ years I’ve been retrieving eggs for people. A process that if you’re a new patient, can be daunting. You may be wondering, what exactly is involved?
The disappointment, frustration with my body and sadness were overwhelming. I felt such guilt that I wasn’t able to give my husband a child that he so deserved.
Oocyte cryopreservation, commonly referred to as “egg freezing”, is the process by which eggs are harvested from a woman’s body and frozen for later use. Once harvested eggs are frozen, they are presumably good indefinitely, suspended in time until the women chooses to thaw them for use.