- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; First Edition first Printing edition (May 7, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141656702X
- ISBN-13: 978-1416567028
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Motherhood, Rescheduled: The New Frontier of Egg Freezing and the Women Who Tried It Hardcover – May 7, 2013
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This intriguing (and often funny) book about women, including the author, who choose to freeze their eggs is hard to put down. As Richards notes, society sees “Clock Tickers” who take charge this way as being desperate or self-indulgent. Au contraire, she argues, citing all the reasons such a woman should be appreciated for making enormous efforts to ensure that she has “a better chance of finding a partner and father for her children, avoiding birth defects, and becoming financially secure so she can hold up her end of a marriage or support a family.” A meta-analysis of a dozen studies turned up the following reasons women freeze their eggs: “divorce, a family history of premature menopause, career or educational opportunity, lack of a supportive partner,” or “just not feeling financially secure or emotionally stable enough to bring children into their lives.” The author expertly weaves facts about freezing with the stories of real women, including herself. For Richards, “Egg freezing allowed me to change the narrative of my life from mourning and desperation to hope and potential.” A thought-provoking, well-written story for women who worry about their declining fertility. --Karen Springen
"A fascinating, well-researched account of uncharted medical advances poised to turn the dating landscape upside down, Motherhood, Rescheduled reads like a page-turner novel full of suspense, plot twists, humor, and heartbreak. What’s amazing is that it’s real. I cheered, I cried, and stayed up way too late wondering what would become of these women, then stayed up even later pondering the provocative questions their stories raise." (Lori Gottlieb, author of The New York Times bestseller Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough)
"Motherhood, Rescheduled is exactly the book my generation of women has needed. The option to delay parenthood is fantastically liberating, but with freedom comes the paradox of choice. With refreshing clarity and grace, Sarah Elizabeth Richards completely demystifies the social, emotional, and scientific complexities of egg freezing, arming the rest of us with the information we need to better plot our own lives. I only wish it had come along sooner." (Kate Bolick, contributing editor for The Atlantic)
"Sarah captures the anxiety of a generation of women caught between unparalleled opportunity and the limits of their own biology. Pausing the biological clock with egg freezing could be as important to this generation as the birth control pill was to the last. She makes a compelling case for using the technology as an acceptable and affirming family planning choice." (Rachel Lehmann-Haupt, author of In Her Own Sweet Time: Unexpected Adventures in Finding Love, Commitment, and Motherhood)
“Intriguing (and often funny)…. A thought-provoking, well-written story for women who worry about their declining fertility.” (Booklist)
“[Richards] writes movingly about the vicissitudes of online dating and the pain of the breakup of a loving relationship with an ambivalent partner, as well as the anguish many women feel when contemplating a childless future….A page-turner in which each of the stories is different but compelling.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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1. This book
2. HOW TO IMPROVE EGG QUALITY by Darja Wagner
3. IT BEGINS WITH THE EGG by Rebecca Fett (http://www.amazon.com/Starts-Egg-Pregnant-Naturally-Miscarriage-ebook/dp/B00J9Q3NQ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420651859&sr=8-1&keywords=it+starts+with+the+egg
This book was a bit depressing. However, I feel it was realistic - a good honest look at what egg freezing can and cannot do for you. I left it feeling fairly down, and machinating how I could squeeze 4-6 cycles of freezing in order to try to have a good chance of having as many kids as I'd like. However, I was still glad to have read it. I would rather know a hard truth, especially when it can impact so much of our lives, than bury my head in the sand.
After reading it and talking about it with my significant other, family, and a trusted friend who'd done the hormone tests herself, I went ahead and charged forward with my hormone tests. I found my doctor, and decided to schedule it for ASAP: 3-4 months from when I read this book, just to give me time to start taking a good prenatal (Garden of Life Kind Organics Prenatal, , Fertility Blend, , and to change my diet into a low carb high protein, with fresh foods - and to also increase exercise and sleep and reduce stress). They say eggs take 3-4 months to mature, so I gave myself just enough time for my health changes to make a difference in my eggs.
However, I also STRONGLY recommend you read HOW TO IMPROVE EGG QUALITY by Darja Wagner (http://www.amazon.com/HOW-IMPROVE-EGG-QUALITY-Pregnant-ebook/dp/B00HIPVZM2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420652432&sr=8-1&keywords=how+to+improve+egg+quality), which is free on Kindle Unlimited, and IT BEGINS WITH THE EGG by Rebecca Fett (http://www.amazon.com/Starts-Egg-Pregnant-Naturally-Miscarriage-ebook/dp/B00J9Q3NQ4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420651859&sr=8-1&keywords=it+starts+with+the+egg).
If you are serious about this, I recommend you read both. As a scientist myself, I really enjoyed them both - both books are very grounded in recent, serious scientific research (as recent as 2012, which is, as of today, very new for published medical papers) and give you a NUMBER of steps well documented to improve your egg quality (and therefore likely your outcome in IVF or egg freezing) by:
1. Reducing your exposure to toxins that are all around us and can seriously impact fertility
2. Educating you on the most recent research on supplements documented to improve energy and antioxidants in the eggs to reduce chromosomal abnormalities in them, one of the biggest causes of poor egg quality, fertilization issues, implantation issues, and miscarriage issues.
Both authors not only cite the studies they reviewed, but explain HOW the toxins and supplements discussed change the environment around your cells. Top notch epigenetics. And, those books made me feel not only empowered but calmer, because they gave me concrete steps I can take that are grounded in serious science about improving the quantity and quality of your eggs for IVF or freezing.
I don't know any these authors or am not affiliated with them in any way. I wish you the very best in finding the path to your own health, and the health of your future family, however you decide to pursue it.
The book starts out "In a recovery room of a fertility clinic in midtown Manhattan, I popped open my eyes and wondered when my surgery would start." The author's boyfriend stood by in the waiting room to pick her up. This almost exactly described my experience a few days ago. This book is SPOT ON. If you want to know what it's like to inject yourself with hormones, navigate awkward conversations about family-planning with a new boyfriend, and write a big check for a wing and a prayer... this book tells it like it is.
Understandably, none of my friends in their late 20's or early 30's have undergone this procedure. It's cost-preventative for MOST women, and at the dawn of your 30's, it still seems like there's plenty of time. I was diagnosed with PCOS, a very common hormone disorder that can lead to fertility problems, a little over a year ago. This diagnosis catapulted me into the mommy debate (when/if) a bit prematurely. I'm glad it did. While it may seem overly cautious to freeze on the cusp of 30, I was told that my young age would result in higher quality eggs and lower cost of treatment overall due to lower doses of fertility drugs.
Of course, I didn't know anyone undergoing the process, and it was lonely and scary. At a company party a few weeks ago, I felt like a bloated freak for not being able to drink more than a glass of wine and having to run home for a nightly injection. It was very isolating and I'm still making sense of it all. At first I had no friends who'd ever frozen, after I read this book I felt like I had four. I can't thank the author enough for writing this. It's given me a lot of valuable information to reflect on in the aftermath of my first freezing cycle, and allowed me to feel comforted by the stories of like-minded (albeit older) women. It was also incredible interesting to see how the choice panned out for all four of the women. The success rates aren't very encouraging so far... but can you put a price on hope and piece of mind?
This book encapsulates the state of the art in a fast-moving field of broad interest and it does so by telling the recent stories of a handful of women. I found the prose gripping and unintentionally educational - while egg freezing is not birth control in the normal narrow usage, it is a fertility intervention and as such, I'd say technological advancements on this scale don't occur more than once every couple of decades.
Despite breakthroughs in the last few years, egg freezing is so much more than the science - it's intertwined with the social and sometimes controversial aspects of a woman's life that would lead her to make this still uncommon decision. That's why I think Ms. Richards's choice to dig into the messy context of a few lives - including her own - spoke to me deeply and directly. And I'm sure it will most readers, regardless of where they live, whether they're female or male, and what age they are.
There might be a 'I wish I could have' generation, but I anticipate this book will go a long way to eliminate those who would have otherwise thought 'I wish I had known'.