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Egg Freezing: Should I Consider It?

Egg Freezing: Should I Consider It?

More women are freezing their eggs, buying time to start a family. But does it make sense for you?

Starts 1st April, 2023

4 sessions | Conducted every Saturday 12PM

Small group, 6-8 people

75-minute online video conversations

Led by Veena Hari

Program Fee - INR 2500 for India-based participants | INR 3500 for participants outside India

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About the Group

Having the option to freeze eggs can be a valuable, life-changing one for some women. But this option may not be appropriate for everyone, especially because egg freezing is by no means a simple procedure, and it does not promise pregnancy down the road. Doesn't make sense for women to jump into the decision or feel pressured to put their eggs on ice without careful consideration of their health and their reproductive goals, as well as the egg-freezing process and cost, among many other factors. Deciding whether or not to freeze your eggs requires medical inputs and exploring your own goals and thoughts and this group focuses on the latter.

Who is the group for?

There are many reasons a woman in her late 20s or early 30s might be thinking about fertility preservation and egg freezing. If you are trying to coordinate the timing of family planning with career planning or still waiting for the right partner to come along or for other some reason considering egg freezing, this group will help you explore your own goals and reasons and help you get started on the decision making journey from an emotional lens.

Glimpse of the regime

Session 1: Individual Exploration

● Exploring personal narratives and journeys around the decision to freeze eggs
● Reflecting on past experiences and beliefs about fertility and being a parent.
● Building context about societal and cultural narratives about fertility, examining internalised ideas about the process of becoming a parent
● Identifying related past trauma if any
● Reflecting on agency in the process

Session 2: The Process and experience

● What is the process of egg freezing: workup, stimulation and egg retrieval
● Impact in each of the stages: financial, time and physical impact
● The range on individual medical decisions to be made
● Alignment with religious ideas and beliefs
● Ethical concerns: future destruction of embryos
● Reflections from women who have undergone this process

Session 3: Family and Society

● Understanding social context: Gender stereotypes, cultural beliefs
● Navigating familial reactions and thoughts about this process
● Dealing with social comparison, pressure and unsolicited advice

Session 4: Coping

● How to prepare for the journey of egg freezing
● Identifying tradeoffs and reassessing- eg: not putting life on hold during the journey
● Dealing with potential bad news about fertility
● Financial pressures
● Identifying further resources and individual action plan

  • Honestly, this session was great and after sharing it with our friends lots of people want to explore something similar.

    Kritika

    Fencesitter, want to keep options open

  • For the very first time found the validation that being confused is okay. Gave me confidence and understanding to start an objective conversation with my family.

    Ranjana

    In a relationship, not ready

  • Loved my peers and the discussion. Veena is a star.

    Ayushi

    Single, 29 year old

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Meet your Facilitator

Veena Hari

Veena Hari is a Mental Health Practitioner with around 10 years of experience across the mental health and development sector. She is the founder of Bhavati Foundation, a not for profit organization working on reproductive mental health in India and host of the Mothering podcast. She describes herself as a passionate feminist and is a mother to a three and a half year old.

FAQs

What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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