Jocelyn also decided not to freeze her eggs because of the high cost and because she felt the likelihood of successfully preserving her fertility was too low.
This all happened at the beginning right after I was diagnosed. It moved pretty quickly. They sent me to a fertility doctor because I was 29, and I had 4 days to decide what the options were. You could either freeze your egg, they also had these pills that would make a barrier in your womb but they were supposed to make you a lot more sick during the treatments. And then there was another one that was only available in the States, which I might have done, where they put eggs in your arm… they put it in your arm and implant it here later it’s weird. They’re not covered, even if it’s a medical necessity it’s not covered. Do you know how much it costs to freeze eggs, to extract them, freeze them? I don’t know, but I think just to extract them was about $ 4,000 and you have to pay for freezing and then there’s in vitro fertilization treatments and that doesn’t necessarily work. No! I wasn’t going to do that to me and my partner.
So I have a 20% chance of maybe still being fertile after I’m done my hormone therapy, which will be probably in about 4 years. I’ll be almost 36, by the time I could trust or trying. And that’s not old it’s just, it’s just not ideal. Maybe not for a first child, well it wasn’t my choice I guess that’s what it was. I probably would have waited that long anyways but we’ll see, I don’t know.
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