Irene, who has just turned 30, has decided to freeze her eggs because she no longer has a partner but wants to fulfil her wish to be a mother in the future.
“I met Diego when we were both 20 years old. We have been together for 10 years and we have realized that during this time, our priorities have changed and we have decided to split up. However, I still want to be a mother and therefore I have opted to freeze my eggs”.
This is a common situation among young women who have decided to delay motherhood. Some do so for professional reasons, in order to consolidate their careers, and others do so for personal reasons. Not having a partner when it is a good time for you to get pregnant naturally does not mean that you cannot be a mother later on, in other circumstances.
Irene, the girl whose story we have seen above, was very sure that she wanted to be a mother but her partner was not so sure. This was one of the reasons for them breaking up, because, in her opinion, “it made no sense to force him to assume that responsibility if he didn’t think he was ready”. But this has not made Irene change her mind.
An option for the future
“It is very important for me to become a mother. I am from a large family (I’ve got three brothers and sisters) and I like to imagine my house being full of children” she explains. As she doesn’t want to be a single mother, she prefers to freeze her eggs and wait until she finds a new partner who wants to start a family with her. “And, as I have no idea when I will meet this person, I prefer to be sure that my eggs will be in perfect condition. When the time comes, I will see if I can become pregnant naturally or if I have to resort to assisted reproduction”, she smiles.
The option of freezing your eggs is, as far as Irene is concerned, one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. “I know that, whatever happens, I will have the opportunity to become a mother in the future”, she explains, and continues “I would prefer to have a man at my side to form a family. However, if in the future I do not meet the right man, I know I will still have the possibility of fulfilling my dream of having children”. And what reassures her even more, is knowing that her eggs will be in good hands until that moment comes.