(FOX 11) What if your ovary grew from the size of a walnut to a grapefruit? It happened to one woman who froze her eggs.
Vicki Rox is smart, stunning, successful, well traveled and at the age of 28, she decided to freeze her eggs.
Vicki said her main motivation was so that she didn't need to rely on any man, or answer to a ticking clock. And since doctors say the younger you are the better for freezing, she thought, she's all good. NOT QUITE.
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Just days after surgery, Vicki's ovary swelled from the size of a walnut to that of a grapefruit. Ovarian Torsion (where your ovary is overstimulated) happens to less than 1 percent of women who freeze their eggs, yet Vicki was struck with the rare condition.
Despite being on bed rest for weeks and almost losing an ovary, Vicki says she'd do it all over again. She is about empowering herself as well as other women in expanding their reproductive choices. Vicki wrote about her egg freezing journey on Vice, and since then, her article has gone viral.
She now receives questions from women all over the world via social media.
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And as more and more celebrities openly share about their freezing eggs experiences (i.e., Maria Menounos, Sofia Vergara), we can expect the procedure to become more mainstream. Dr. Andy Huang of Reproductive Partners Beverly Hills says he's seen a steep incline of patients in the last eight years.
With its popularity on the rise, Huang says he's seen the procedure become more affordable. The cost to freeze your eggs is anywhere between $7,000 to $15,000. Huang says the irony is that you've spent your entire 20s trying NOT to get pregnant, only to be in your late 30s, having to try so hard.
Huang reminds us that what Vicki had is extremely rare. Less than 1 percent.
Still, as with all medical procedures, it's always good to know any of the dangers.
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