Before I get into how I started planning my cycle, let’s briefly walk through the egg freezing process. (For those of you new to this series, read more about Glow and my decision to preserve my fertility here.) Also known as fertility preservation, the egg freezing process happens during one menstrual cycle, where the ovaries are stimulated to produce a bunch of eggs, the eggs are retrieved during a brief surgical procedure, and then mature eggs are frozen through a process called vitrification.
A friend of mine told me that people who freeze their eggs are Type A and risk-averse…
Strong women have surrounded me my whole life. I was trained to believe that women have the strength to do it all. My grandmother and mother were both widowed in their 40s and have made so many sacrifices to make sure I have the opportunity to create my own fate, independent of a man.
For better or worse, they made me into the no-nonsense woman I am. Here is my reality: I’m single. I’m busy. But, I want kids (at some point). And most boys are dumb. Do I wish Mr. Vicki Kim and my future little kiddo(s) were in…
“Vicki, why don’t you do anything the right way?…”
… is what my Korean mother said when I told her I was going to freeze my eggs.
She’s right: I am a woman who wants to do things my own way on my own time. She knows that I am happy and fulfilled with a great career, good friends and hand-selected wines from Napa… but it REALLY bothers her (far more than me) that I am single as all my friends are married with kids.
She does, however, trust that she taught me to be a realist and make goals…
Have you been hearing more about fertility benefits in Silicon Valley lately? Why is that? Well, people are waiting longer to start a family. According to a recent study, millennial moms accounted for 82% of the births in 2016. These mothers are waiting longer to have children compared to Generation X (48% of millennial mothers already had children in 2016 versus 57% of Gen Xers in the same age range). More millennial mothers are delaying starting a family; thus it is biologically difficult to become pregnant as female fertility declines with age.
Why does this matter?
“My husband and I have been trying for 4 years, and can’t get pregnant. Please help.”
“I had my 4th miscarriage today, I can’t keep putting my body through this. I just want to start my family.”
“We’ve tapped out all of our savings for this last round of IVF. If it doesn’t work we’ll have to give up.”
The Glow Community hears the tales of women in all aspects of their fertility journey, but none are more heartbreaking than the woes of a woman who desperately wants a baby. …
September is PCOS awareness month! But wait, what is PCOS?
We’re glad you asked!
Polycystic Ovarian Symptom (PCOS) is a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges.
It can affect a woman’s menstrual cycle, fertility, hormones, blood vessels and appearance and over 7 million women worldwide have it. What’s worse is that we don’t know what causes PCOS, and there’s no known cure.
At Glow, we know the pains of PCOS that you or a friend might be feeling, and that sometimes, laughter can be the best medicine.
When you can feel some peach fuzz…
September is PCOS Awareness Month, and at Glow we take that seriously. More than a couple of Glow team members have PCOS, and since it affects over 5 million women in the US alone, you probably know more than just a few women with PCOS, too.
But what is PCOS?
PCOS stands for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, it’s a condition that can affect a woman’s periods, weight, hormones, fertility, appearance and heart. There is no cure, and no known cause, so dealing with PCOS can seem like a constant uphill battle.
To get some insight into this puzzling condition, we asked…
We analyzed data from 1.27M Eve users and found some interesting facts that undeniably make summer the hottest season, in more ways than one 😉
Read about it, here!
National Maternal Depression Awareness Month is coming to an end, but this conversation must continue throughout the year. So we’re sharing how the Glow Community has been affected by the different types of maternal depression and the methods they’ve used to cope. We posted 3 polls to the Glow Community that garnered 4,410 votes total, and were quite enlightening. We’ll get to the responses in a moment, but first, here’s a quick refresher about the four different forms of maternal depression.
When we talk about infertility, we often hear individual stories and experiences — it can be hard to grasp what’s happening at a population level. But it’s not impossible! Millions of women across the country use mobile apps to track their fertility, and this data can be anonymized and analyzed to advance our understanding of the condition.
In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, we dove into the data contributed by our Community of 8M+ women to see what we could learn about infertility. Here’s what we uncovered:
1. Infertility rates differ by state.
Glow empowers women to take control of their reproductive health.