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Take 5: Women take fertility crash course at egg freezing parties

More people are feeling empowered to take better control of their fertility options. We sat down with a doctor on a mission to teach women about their options.

Dr. Julie Lamb of Pacific Northwest Fertility was recently featured in the New York Times for sharing what fertility patients should know about freezing their eggs. It comes as more people, especially women, take a more proactive approach in their fertility journeys since people are waiting longer to have biological children.

What do you do at Pacific Northwest?

I am a fertility doctor at Pacific NW Fertility and IVF Specialists here in Seattle. That means I am an OBGYN that subspecializes in reproductive endocrinology, and I help my patients build their families or prepare to build families in the future. www.pnwfertility.com.

How have you dedicated your career to flipping the script about fertility and empowering women to make their own choices?

My goal is to educate and empower my patients. They need to hear “you are not alone and this fertility problem is not your fault." Removing the stigma around infertility, fertility treatments, and egg freezing is a huge priority for me. Women need to be empowered to learn about their options and not be afraid to ask questions and plan for their future.

What is an egg freezing party? How does it work and who's going?

An egg freezing party is a social event where women (and men) can join together and learn about their fertility in a non-threatening environment. It is meant to take the stigma off of fertility testing and treatment and educate women about their bodies, their ovaries, their fertility and their options for future family building.

What is one piece of advice you can give to a woman who thinks she might want to have biological children one day?

Learn about your fertility. Learn about your biological clock. 40 is not the new 30 when we are talking about reproductive biology. You can feel young, look young and be very healthy, and that, unfortunately, does not equal good fertility. Be empowered to learn about your options so you can make educated decisions about what is right for you.