Woman Poses With 11 Eggs To Celebrate Taking Control Of Her Fertility Journey

"What I am sure of is that I wanted the choice to be mine, and not my body’s."

These days, people often document important moments in their lives with carefully thought out photo shoots. We've seen tons of creative photos taken to commemorate engagements, "first looks," pregnancies, adoptions, and anniversaries. But we haven't seen one celebrating freezing your eggs. Until now. 

After thinking about it for two years, and weighing her options, Gina Lopez, 35, decided to go through with the process of having her eggs extracted, frozen, and stored to preserve her reproductive potential in the future. After it was done, she told A Plus she felt a huge weight lifted. She no longer felt she had to worry about her biological clock ticking away, forcing her to make a decision before she was ready. "It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make for myself originally, but without a doubt, one of the best decisions I have made," she said. 

And, like all people who set up photo shoots for their milestone moments, she wanted to celebrate her decision. So, she asked her brother, Christopher Lopez, to take photos of her holding 11 edible eggs — the same number of eggs she now has frozen. 



"I feel really empowered, brave, strong, smart, all the right feelings a woman should have when they do something like this," Lopez told A Plus. "What better way to get that message out than with a photo shoot!"

Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 
Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 

Lopez first got the idea to freeze her eggs from a few of her friends who are in their early 40s and are, unfortunately like many others, struggling with their fertility. "About 12 percent of women aged 15 to 44 years in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term, regardless of marital status," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

"For the past two years, [my friends] have been telling me that I need to start seriously considering freezing my eggs being that they all wish they had done the same. I'm not sure I would have ever considered this, even as a passing thought, if someone has not pushed me to think about it." For this reason, Lopez felt sharing her photo shoot publicly, and pushing others to also think about this option, was important. 

"From the beginning I was very open about both my struggle to make the decision and the entire process from start to finish. I used a lot of humor about it in my posts to make it easier for people to engage in my journey, and to make it a bit less awkward for people to talk about it," Lopez said. 

"For me, being open about all of it was my way of letting women know that this is not taboo."

Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 

Through sharing her story and photos on social media, she's letting women know this is an option that's obtainable and worth considering. "You do not see this being socialized or publicized that much. For many women the egg freezing process comes in part with an IVF cycle because of fertility struggles. They are most likely not going to want to speak as openly about it, and I felt because it was a lot easier for me, doing this by choice and not (knowingly) struggling with fertility, that I could be the right advocate to bring this to light."

She is also letting it be known that she was initially very hesitant about egg freezing, also known as oocyte cryopreservation. When she went in for her first consultation, she was leaning more towards not doing it. 

"I had a lot of doubts," Lopez said. "Was I OK with other options, [such as] donors or adoptions? Would I be able to afford it? Did I want to take on the mental and physical toll of this cycle?" 

But walking out of the doctor's office and seeing how many other women were struggling with their fertility and waiting to be seen made Lopez realize this was something she wanted to do. 

Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 
Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 

"After I started the process I connected with more women through my doctor's support group and there was a resounding response from the women who all said to me they wish they had frozen their eggs when they were younger. I knew after that that I had made the right decision," Lopez said. 

Courtesy of Gina Lopez
Courtesy of Gina Lopez

Sharing her experience publicly helps to prompt people to talk, or think about, their own circumstances without forcing an uncomfortable conversation on them. Women are often subjected to probing questions from people who want to know if and when they're having kids. 

"These are questions women have been asked by people who just don't get it, and most people shut down when being pushed into a conversation about it," Lopez said. "Just simply telling my story, brings it to light so they can start to think about it on their own without me telling them to."



Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 
Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 
Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 
Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 

While Lopez shared her journey in an effort to raise awareness about egg freezing and fertility issues, it also gave her a lot of support. Many of her friends opened up to her about their own struggles with fertility and offered her advice. 

"I had a few friends coming to me, telling me they have thought about this for themselves and my candidness allowed them to ask me all types of questions about the process so they can make a more informed decision to follow through," Lopez said. "I had so many people come out and say, 'Wow, I never really thought about this, but maybe I should.' For me, that really made me feel like I made the right decision to be open about this." 

Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 
Courtesy of Gina Lopez. Taken by Christopher Lopez. 

She hopes sharing her story and the silly photo shoot will encourage other women to talk about their fertility options. 

"I know through my conversations already with some friends I potentially may have made a small difference in their own decisions and I'd love to see other women get the same out of these photos," Lopez said. 

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