There are tons of things on our to-do lists, but we have to admit that freezing our eggs isn’t at the top. After seeing Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe start the process of freezing her eggs, though, we’re giving it some serious thought.
Last week, Bristowe replied to a fan on Twitter who had seen a picture of the Season 11 Bachelorette star at Ova Fertility Clinic, where her BFF and fellow Bachelor contestant Whitney Bischoff works. The fan thought that she was possibly pregnant, but that is clearly not the case.
Bristowe wrote, “Noooo I’m freezing my eggs. And giving them to whitney and Ova to babysit.” When asked why (people are so nosy) she wasn’t shy about it at all. She said, “I’m taking control of my future! As a woman there’s always pressure to have babies, and this puts my mind at ease for when IM ready.”
Her fiancé, Shawn Booth, is excited about the process, too. He posted a picture yesterday of Kaitlyn snoozing on his lap with the caption, “Always impressed by her strength & courage, but even more so after these past few weeks! Very proud of her for taking control of our future and continuing to empower others!”
Really, freezing your eggs is a great way to ensure that if you want to have kids, you have options. Especially if, like Booth and Bristowe, you’re not exactly sure when the “right” time will be (newsflash: there isn’t one) to start a family.
Bristowe isn’t the only member of Bachelor Nation to visit Ova, either. Carly Waddell, who was on Season 21 of The Bachelor, recently posted a picture to Instagram celebrating her one-year anniversary of freezing her eggs with Whitney’s help.
She echoed Bristowe’s sentiments about reproductive choice, writing that she and her fiancé, Evan Bass, are “SO excited to have kids together,” but she’s happy to “have the best backup plan just in case I need a little help!” We have to admit that we’re super impressed with these women for thinking ahead and giving themselves the gift of choice.
It’s not for everyone, though. To freeze your eggs you have to go through a few weeks of hormone injections to stimulate egg development. Once they reach a certain size, there’s a mini outpatient procedure that requires anesthesia to retrieve them, which is probably why Kaitlyn was laid out on Shawn’s lap afterwards.
The process is also expensive. Egg freezing can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000, and then about $1,000 every year to store them, and insurance doesn’t generally cover it.
So if you’re thinking of freezing your eggs, start saving now. Or go on The Bachelor? Whatever works.