By: Christie Post – ABC WFTS, Tampa Bay
TAMPA, Fla. – Here in Florida we all love soaking up sunshine whether it’s at the beach or poolside. Now we are finding out those rays offer a surprising benefit for mothers to be.
By: Courtney Robinson, Action 10 News
TAMPA (Action 10) – It’s easier, more successful and younger women are opting to freeze their eggs to get pregnant later in life. Fertility specialists say they’re seeing women younger than 35 choosing to have their eggs harvested and frozen until they meet Mister Right.
TAMPA (FOX 13) – Facebook and Apple are the first in a growing number of companies to offer to pay for elective egg freezing for their female employees.
Both companies made announcements earlier this week.
“It is a game changer for women,” said Dr. Sandy Goodman, fertility specialist at the Reproductive Medicine Group. “This extends a woman’s ability to conceive a little bit beyond what she would have been restricted to in the past.”
Facebook said it made the decision since so many of their female employees had requested it.
The medical procedure can cost up to $20,000, and some think one day it could become “the norm” for companies to offer it in their healthcare benefits.
“I think it’s great for women to say this is what I want to do, and I don’t have limitations. I can dream, I can do, I can achieve, and I can still be able to do all of that a balance my life,” Dr. Goodman said.
In the raging war for talent, Silicon Valley companies are offering an array of new family-planning perks. Apple said it also reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child.
“Egg freezing gives women more control,” said Jennifer Tye, marketing lead for Glow, a mobile application aimed at helping women avoid pregnancy or conceive.
“When I turned 30, I had this notion that my biological clock was ticking, but I didn’t know what my options were,” said Tye. “These employers should be commended.”
The news has sparked debate on social media. Some commentators say these companies should focus their efforts on creating a more balanced culture, with more flexibility for new parents.
Apple recently introduced new benefits including extended parental leave. Facebook said it offers four months of paid leave for both new mothers and fathers.
By Christie Post
TAMPA – Freezing you eggs could now mean freeing your career.
Two tech giants, Facebook and Apple, are offering cryopreservation for female employees. It’s part of a growing trend to give employees better perks and recruit new hires.
For women, the benefit is a way to rewind the fertility clock that is ticking.
But freezing your eggs can cost nearly $10,000, sometimes up to $20,000.
We’ve seen Kim Kardashian do it on reality TV.
“I’m glad I’m freezing my eggs. I am glad I am being proactive. I want to make sure when the time is right I want to be prepared,” said Kardashian on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
Nikki Bella, a WWE diva, did it too.
“I’m freezing my eggs. I’m going to be 31 soon,” said Bella.
Dr. Betsy McCormick at the Reproductive Medicine Group says she is seeing more women in Tampa Bay follow suit.
“We’ve had some people here in town and I definitely have a lot of patients interested in it,” said McCormick.
The companies the women work at locally are paying for it – a costly procedure.
Dr. Timothy Yeko is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. He has a special interest in advanced operative laparoscopy and hysteroscopy for the management of endometriosis, fibroids, pelvic pain and dysfunctional uterine bleeding. Dr. Yeko has special expertise in the treatment of infertility including intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and oocyte donation.
Twenty-five years ago probably 95 percent of procedures I do now would have been through a large incision. Now 90 percent of them are minimally invasive.
Our progressive, new generation robotic equipment is constantly evolving. Advanced electrical generator systems attached to the instruments improve the robots’ visibility, minimizing the removal of dead tissue from healthy organs. This provides a huge advantage, particularly for infertility patients’ very delicate structures such as fallopian tubes, ovaries, uteri and peritoneal surfaces. Advancements in robotic procedures offer safer, more effective results.
By: Sarina Fazan
A new study making the first medical connection between stress and infertility doesn’t surprise mother Donna Duval.
“I have had loads of friends who have had that problem,” Duval said. “Knowledge is good. If it’s out there people will read about it and understand it and perhaps they will look at ways to help.”
Dr. Sandy Goodman with the Reproductive Medicine Group, who has helped hundreds of couples have babies, couldn’t agree more with the study’s findings.
“We certainly have suspected that stress makes it more challenging to get pregnant, but now to have medical findings that says this is true, is a confirmation,” Goodman said.
Researchers out of Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center studied 400 couples, taking saliva samples throughout a year. Women who had the highest levels of a stress biomarker had a 29 percent decrease in the probability of getting pregnant and the risk of infertility doubled.
While this is good information, Goodman worries women having trouble conceiving may attribute everything to stress and delay having tests that could point to another problem.
“What we don’t want to do is make the mistake of not understanding what the study says, and thinking well maybe it’s stress and I should continue and try and do things that take more time and don’t find out if there are other issues,” Goodman said.
But Goodman also stressed reducing your stress couldn’t hurt. She encourages practices like yoga and meditation, and the study reinforces that thinking.
“We need a combined approach for evaluating and treating infertility, and we need to combine the mind and the body so we can get the best chance of success,” Goodman said.
Duval said for any woman who wants to be a mom the study is just another tool. “Knowledge is power,” Duval said.
By Linda Hurtado
Like a lot of women, 34-year-old Liz Kelly said she has always wanted to be a mother.
But her career is important to her, and so is finding the right person.
After working in the fertility industry for years, Liz was well aware that her age was related to her chances of having a child biologically.
“Hearing about it every day struck a cord with me. It seemed sort of careless of me not to take advantage of the fact that I can’t stop myself from aging. I can’t fall in love overnight, but I am able to stop the aging of my eggs,” said Kelly.
She decided to increase her chances of conceiving by freezing her eggs.
She said the process took about two months.
“I saw a reproductive endocrinologist to get blood work done, and then I met with her again to review my blood work so she could figure out what kind of medication to give me and what my dosage would be. We figured out my protocol and when my next cycle would start, and we ordered the medication. I started the medication and I took it for 10 days and then they retrieved my eggs.”
Dr. Timothy Yeko of The Reproductive Medicine Group believes the option gives women like Liz insurance for their future.
“I think if they freeze their eggs, then the advantage will be that even though they come back in their forties, they’re going to get pregnant like a 30-year-old if they froze their eggs in their thirties.
The cost of freezing and storing eggs isn’t cheap. Dr. Yeko said it can run up to $12,000 and stored in liquid nitrogen.
They can be stored indefinitely, and “they can be sent to other clinics if a woman or a couple moves,” said Dr. Yeko.