A US influencer has revealed how she’s ‘taking control’ of her fertility by flying to the UK to freeze her eggs.
Egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation, involves harvesting a woman’s eggs and freezing them so she can attempt pregnancy at a later date through in vitro fertilization (IVF)
The tech marketer-turned-content creator added that she is still ‘not ready to have a family’, but opted for the procedure because she wants the option of becoming a mother ‘one day’.
She revealed that she headed to London for the procedure because at $6,000 it would cost ‘a third’ of the price – compared to $15,000 in the US.
Her video inspired a wave of supportive messages from fellow women, who also shared their egg-freezing experiences.
Documenting the journey, she said: ‘This is the story of a single 30-something living in New York city, and heading to London to freeze my eggs for one third of the cost.
‘I’ve lived a life of adventure, career and not settling for love in my 30s. And you know what? I still want to do that for a while longer’.
She said that while she was happy to save a stack of cash by having the procedure in London, she was ‘scared’ it may not work out.
‘I want to show you guys the reality of it all’ continued Brittany.
The singleton said she would be ‘honest’ about her emotions throughout the process, and would document it all for fans.
‘I hope my story can help show another option to take back your fertility at a fraction of the cost’ concluded Brittany.
Her clinic of choice was Harley Street Fertility Clinic in West London, where she filmed a snippet from the building and remarked ‘how nice the offices are here’.
Lastly, she revealed the entire process would take two weeks, and she invited her followers once more to tag along for the ride.
Reactions to the video were positive across the board and offered realistic portrayals of motherhood.
One parent wrote: ‘Being an older Mom is HARD. I had my first three in my 20s, early 30s I could do so much! Had my last at 40 and it’s been exhausting.
Brittany admitted: ‘I sometimes worry but also I’m so happy to have lived my independent life all these years creating memories’.
‘I just turned 35 and I plan on looking into freezing my eggs by early next year. I’m so glad I saw this!’ said a doctor.
Someone else wrote: ‘I froze my eggs this I year and you were a large inspiration’.
Another person revealed the procedure costs £4,500 in Scotland.
Meanwhile, another commenter cheered Brittany for ‘representing’ singletons: ‘YAY! Congratulations I’m on day six of egg freezing. So much of the content around IVF and egg freezing is with couples! Thank you for representing us’.
Last year, Brittany told Buzzfeed that her decision was a ‘form of insurance for having a baby down the road’.
She added: ‘I think it’s such a special opportunity our generation has that allows us to take back some control in our fertility.
‘I think I’ll be able to have a kid naturally by 40, but might need help in my early 40s.’