Dr. Avner Hershlag recently spoke with Refinery29 to inform their article on endometriosis, egg freezing, and the singer Halsey’s decision to freeze her eggs. Halsey revealed in a recent interview that she’s struggled with endometriosis and has taken steps to preserve her fertility through egg freezing.
“I’m 23 years old, and I’m going to freeze my eggs,” she said when interviewed on the talk show program The Doctors. “And when I tell people that, they’re like, ‘You’re 23, why do you need to do that? Why do you need to freeze your eggs?’ Doing an ovarian reserve is important to me, because I’m fortunate enough to have that as an option, but I need to be aggressive about protecting my fertility, about protecting myself.”
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects over 200,000 women each year. If you have endometriosis, the tissue that normally develops inside the uterus during your cycle also develops on the outside of the uterus and/or surrounding organs. This can cause symptoms including discomfort, heavy periods, and infertility. Endometriosis can be managed with medications and surgery, but because it is a chronic condition, you should consider proactively protecting your fertility through egg freezing.
“Endometriosis is a chronic condition and tends to come back even after surgery,” said Dr. Hershlag. “The disease itself, as well as surgeries, threatens to diminish ovarian reserve, and therefore freezing eggs early on is a smart, proactive strategy.”
Egg freezing involves the monitoring and retrieval of mature eggs, which are then frozen and stored until the woman is ready to use them. Because egg quality deteriorates as we age, freezing eggs when you are young can give you a more viable option if you have trouble conceiving later in life. To learn more about egg freezing, endometriosis, and other steps you can take to enhance your fertility, contact us.