It is difficult to reconcile our personal and professional lives in such a dynamic and changing world. For this reason, the IVF-Life Group offers solutions tailored to each patient’s needs. Information is power, which is why we want to share one of our fertility preservation patients’ testimony with you.
Ana Rosa is a young doctor in her thirties who is currently focused on her career and achieving her professional goals. However, Ana Rosa also knows that, at some point in her life, she would like to become a mother.
Oocyte preservation is one of the best ways to become a mother when she feels she is ready.
To share her story with you, Ana Rosa tells us in this interview what her experience with the IVF-Life team was like and what her main motivations were to preserve her fertility.
What made you want to preserve your fertility?
A.R. It gives me a lot of security and peace of mind to know that even if there is a problem in the future, either because I don’t have many eggs left or because it is difficult for me to get pregnant, I will have the same possibilities I did when I was 30 years old.
It’s a definite advantage to have eggs from when I was 30, which will be better than my eggs when I am older. It gives me a lot of peace of mind and prevents me from feeling so much pressure.
I would like to have children in a few years; I would like to have them naturally, but if I have to have them through in vitro fertilisation, I will be glad I made that decision.
It gives me a head start on part of the process. A few years ago it was unthinkable to have such a safe option, but now it is truly a privilege to be able to rely on it.
Nowadays, women are having children later, especially because so many of us are working and have so much more to do.
Was it a difficult decision or was it clear to you from the beginning?
A.R. It was only when I was well informed that I was able to clearly see it. It was something I had always thought about, but it seemed very complicated because I didn’t have enough information.
The sooner you do it, the better. The age of 30 is a very good time to preserve. It doesn’t mean you have to get pregnant now, you can use the eggs later. If you choose not to use them because you decide not to have children, you can donate them to other couples who need them to become parents.
What has been your experience with our medical team?
A.R.: I chose IVF-Life because I know Rocio, who works here, and she thoroughly explained to me how they work, and what the team is like… the truth is that she was right.
When I met them, I realised that they are all wonderful and very professional. I am very happy. Every day I feel cared for and they are always very attentive.
During my visits to IVF-Life, I met Dr Sergio Rogel and Dr Nina, both of whom were delightful with me. They resolved all my doubts, even doubts that I thought I would never have. I am very happy with them. I feel calm and accompanied.
I am currently in the middle of treatment, in the stimulation phase. This is the process of administering hormones to stimulate ovarian follicle growth. Normally, they grow with each ovulation. This process makes them nice and plump for ovulation,” she laughs, “and to make more eggs and more options available.
Why should women preserve their fertility?
A.R.: It gives me peace of mind, the fact that science allows us to do something like this is incredible. Life and science have changed.
It used to be normal to get married younger, we were mothers before too and women did not work outside the home as much. Women didn’t have the career opportunities we have now, nor did they have other pressures that forced them to have families.
Now, there are many ways to start a family; the fact that we can consider motherhood at 40 is an advantage. I feel like until then there are a lot of things I want to do.
There are only advantages, and the treatment also prevents different complications during pregnancy, since it studies the patient’s fertility. We should preserve fertility because this possibility is available to us. It was not possible before and we are fortunate that we can do it now. So many women would have liked to have done it and weren’t so lucky.
In my family, some of the women have experienced early menopause, and preserving their fertility would have been a good solution for them; this possibility changes things for a lot of women.
Thanks to research and the work of many people, we can preserve our fertility. It is something that I think all women should consider, as many of us lead a different lifestyle than we did years ago.
What advice would you give to other women who are thinking about it?
A.R. Don’t think about it too much. If you have the opportunity, do it. Fertility preservation is something that you can consider if you are thinking about becoming a mother. Now may not be the right time, but for many of us, it is the perfect solution.
We may not realise it, but time flies and the truth is that this kind of treatment is very accessible, more so than it seems. It assures me to know that I will be able to have a baby when I think it is my time.
You never know what might happen and the ability to preserve your genetic material is priceless. You are preserving the possibility of having a child that is genetically your own, the quality of the pregnancy, and your future baby’s health.
We are used to hearing about in vitro fertilisation, which is used when there are fertility problems, but the idea of delaying motherhood until a more appropriate time is something that society has not yet managed to assimilate.
This technique will let you continue with your life now and in the future. I think I will be very grateful for having made this decision. It is a very simple procedure that takes about a month from the interview to the end of the whole process.
The tranquillity of motherhood at the right time
After completing her treatment, Ana Rosa feels calm and content. She knows that she has a Plan B to have a child whenever she wants, so she can now focus on her career and personal life without worrying about the passage of time.
Ana Rosa’s experience is an example of fertility preservation as a viable solution for young women who want to delay their future motherhood and who do not want their fertility to dictate when they chose to have a baby.
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