Like so many women in their 20s and early 30s, Glee star Becca Tobin felt like she had a ‘false sense of security’ that conceiving a baby would be a breeze, however, after two miscarriages in the past few years, she wants other young women to know that infertility is not as uncommon as they might think
Becca, 34, recently guested on LadyGang’s official podcast to talk about her own fertility journey with her husband, Zack Martin. She joined hosts Keltie Knight and Jac Vanek and opened up about her miscarriages and undergoing stimulation in order to first harvest her eggs, and then freeze embryos. Becca brought along Dr. Daneshmand, her fertility doctor at the San Diego Fertility Center.
The quality of her eggs led to multiple miscarriages
She said, “in my earlier 30s I was having an ultrasound and the doctor said, ‘Oh my gosh, look at all those eggs,’ so I had a false sense of confidence in my ability to make a baby.” She and her husband didn’t have any issues conceiving, but the quality of her eggs led to multiple miscarriages. After her second miscarriage, her OB-GYN suggested that she seek the advice of a fertility specialist.
Genetically testing embryos
After extensive research, she chose Dr. Daneshmand, even though visiting him requires a 2 to 3-hour drive from her home in Los Angeles. He helped the couple make the choice to genetically test and freeze their embryos. She is now ready to undergo implantation when she wants to have a baby, which gives her a sense of relief.
“There’s no better feeling. I didn’t realize the weight that would be lifted the moment that I found out that I didn’t have to hurry up and keep trying and hopefully get something healthy.”
Dr. Daneshmand spoke about how Becca has a valuable story to share with other women. “I think Becca’s story is really important because when there’s a decrease in the quality of eggs in the ovaries, that can present itself in different ways. In some patients, it presents itself as a lack of ability to conceive. But in other patients, it could be miscarriages.”
LadyGang’s hosts were confused about the difference between freezing eggs and embryos, so Dr. Daneshmand explains the benefits of the latter
“The survival rate on eggs is lower than embryos. When we freeze embryos, we expect the survival rate to be — especially on good quality embryos — over 96 to 97 percent. For eggs, it can be about 60 to 70 percent.”
This is a great podcast episode, and well worth a listen!
We wish Emily and her husband Zack all of the luck in the world when they are ready to implant their embryos.
Do you relate to Becca’s experiences? Did you take your fertility for granted, only to run into hurdles once you started trying to conceive? Have you frozen your eggs or embryos, or do you plan to do so? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org