'They're using this as a tool to buy them opportunity…and a little bit more control': egg freezing specialist Inside the lab at Olive Fertility Centre in Vancouver, hundreds of unfertilized human eggs are nesting in round tanks full of cold liquid nitrogen.
For some, the frozen eggs could fulfil dreams of parenthood in years to come. Honestly, I'm so grateful for science, said Natalie Grunberg-Ferreira, 47, who conceived two sons from the eggs she froze at the fertility clinic.
Grunberg-Ferreira is not alone. Statistics show egg freezing treatments have soared across Canada in the last decade. The procedure — where a person's eggs are extracted from their ovaries, frozen and stored — allows a person to press pause on parenthood, for decades if they wish, until they feel they are ready to conceive.
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