A body positivity champion shared her egg-freezing journey on Instagram to help break the stigma around fertility treatments.
Katie Sturino is a plus-sized model who's known for recreating the looks of famous celebs and posting the results on social media. She’s done everyone from the Kardashians and Jenners to Beckham and the Hadid sisters.
But that’s her day job. On the side, she’s got her own private Instagram account which recently featured many posts about the female body and fertility. And just like her modeling gig, Sturino addressed the topic in a positive and informative way.
She posted her entire egg-freezing journey, from her initial consultation at the fertility clinic to the last day when she retrieved her eggs, in a series of informative (and sometimes humorous) Instagram posts. We’ve taken a few of her favorite posts to share that IDiva managed to smuggle out for us.
The whole process takes 8-12 days. It starts with an appointment with a fertility doctor and then an ultrasound to count ovarian follicles. It also starts on the second day of a woman's period.
The all-in cost is between $10,000 to $17,000, not including the cost of any fertility medications that might be recommended depending on an individual's needs. The price of those drugs, by the way, can easily exceed $4,500. Extending the program costs an additional $4,700 on average.
Nobody said fertility treatment was cheap.
There’s no maximum age for freezing embryos as eligibility depends largely on one's AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) levels, but usually, the age where things start to get dicey is around 40 years old. However, that’s just a ballpark, and it’s more than possible for women to have viable embryos past that age.
Retrieving the eggs happens in a fairly speedy 20-minute appointment, but it does involve the use of general anesthesia.
Talking about the freezing of eggs is an important conversation to have as more and more women hold off on having children until later in life after they’ve built successful careers. It’s an insurance policy that ensures that women can have children when they want them.
It’s also not just for single women. In fact, most women don’t freeze their embryos until they have an idea of who they’d want to have kids with. There’s no shame in it, and it should be viewed as a practical and wholesome practice.