12 episodes

All you ever wanted to know (and probably a few bits that you didn’t) about egg freezing. What does it involve? What are the success rates? Will the hormones make me sad? And is it really true that a woman’s ovaries swell to the size of melons? Writer and host Sophia Money-Coutts is 35, single and having her eggs frozen. In this podcast, she shares her audio diaries of the whole process, from choosing a fertility clinic to the operation itself, along with the ups (and downs) of undergoing an emotional and hormonal procedure. She also investigates the science behind egg freezing and its rapid growth in popularity, and speaks to fertility experts and women who’ve gone through freezing about their experience of the procedure. Plus, she has the odd chat with her mum.

Freezing Time OffScript

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 111 Ratings

All you ever wanted to know (and probably a few bits that you didn’t) about egg freezing. What does it involve? What are the success rates? Will the hormones make me sad? And is it really true that a woman’s ovaries swell to the size of melons? Writer and host Sophia Money-Coutts is 35, single and having her eggs frozen. In this podcast, she shares her audio diaries of the whole process, from choosing a fertility clinic to the operation itself, along with the ups (and downs) of undergoing an emotional and hormonal procedure. She also investigates the science behind egg freezing and its rapid growth in popularity, and speaks to fertility experts and women who’ve gone through freezing about their experience of the procedure. Plus, she has the odd chat with her mum.

    BONUS: The Egg Donors

    BONUS: The Egg Donors

    In a special bonus episode, I try to imagine going through the egg freezing process only to give them away at the end of it. To explore the ethics and motivations behind egg donation, I speak to donor expert Dr Meenakshi Choudhary who tells me about her experiences with egg donors at the Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life, as well as her futuristic work on mitochondrial donation, or 'three person babies'. I also chat to Elaine Chong, who decided to donate her eggs to a stranger after hearing about how few ethnically Chinese donors there are in the UK. She tells me about how she made the decision to donate, whether she would do it again and how she felt on hearing that one of her eggs had brought a baby boy into the world.


    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your fertility or treatment*


    Freezing Time is written and produced by Hannah Varrall and Sophia Money-Coutts, and created by OffScript.
     
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    • 32 min
    10. A Visit to Jurassic Park

    10. A Visit to Jurassic Park

    In the days after my operation, I bloat like a water balloon and recover on my mum’s sofa while waiting for what turns out to be a mega-period (that’s the technical term, right?) I tell poor producer Hannah all about my recovery, and we head back to The Lister for a debrief with Dr James about what happened during my collection and immediately afterwards. We’re also given a very special tour around the lab, and see the very tank which is storing my eggs, which makes me think about what happens next…


    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your fertility or treatment*


    Freezing Time is written and produced by Hannah Varrall and Sophia Money-Coutts, and created by OffScript.
     
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    • 43 min
    9. Collection Day

    9. Collection Day

    The big day’s here as, after a month of drugs, I head to the Lister to have my eggs collected. After much discussion over the hospital’s lunch menu, I’m wheeled into theatre and finally discover how many eggs I've got. There’s then a slight post-operation crisis and a LOT of tears before I’m taken home by the world’s loveliest Uber driver. I also chat to Sally Nabanja about her traumatic experience post-egg collection, discuss Ovarian Hyper Stimulation Syndrome, and keep producer Hannah up to date with how I feel in the days following the operation. Plus, a chat with Rachel Crute, who froze her eggs ahead of radiotherapy and now has a very sweet three-year-old who makes a cameo appearance…


    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your fertility or treatment*


    Freezing Time is written and produced by Hannah Varrall and Sophia Money-Coutts, and created by OffScript.
     
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    • 42 min
    8. Eggs v Embryos: The Debate

    8. Eggs v Embryos: The Debate

    This week, I delve deeper into the tricky question of whether I should freeze embryos or eggs. Dr James takes me through the success rates of both and American writer Briallen Hopper tells me about how freezing embryos impacted her dating life. Meanwhile, the European director of the world’s biggest sperm bank reveals why so many British women seek sperm from Denmark, and Sally tells me about her experience with a Danish sperm bank. I also chat to a sperm donor about how the donating process actually works (and why it’s nothing like the comedy scenes in the movies). As I’m deliberating all this, I bloat like the Michelin Man and finally get to take the trigger injection which prompts my ovaries to get ready for my operation. 


    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your fertility or treatment*


    Freezing Time is written and produced by Hannah Varrall and Sophia Money-Coutts, and created by OffScript.
     
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    • 42 min
    7. What if it Doesn't Work?

    7. What if it Doesn't Work?

    I get a reality check in this episode, speaking to two women who froze their eggs and didn't end up with babies from them once they were thawed and fertilised. Both Sally Nabanja and Alice Mann talk very openly and honestly about the sadness at realising their treatment hadn’t worked, and it makes me wonder whether it’s worth the risk. Meanwhile, my hormone injections continue to make me behave in unusual ways, including eyeing up a load of local dads in the park. In other big news, I also treat myself to the world’s best sandwich.  


    You can read Alice's blog, Egged On Blog, at eggedonblog.com


    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your fertility or treatment*


    Freezing Time is written and produced by Hannah Varrall and Sophia Money-Coutts, and created by OffScript.
     
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    • 44 min
    6. You’re Cordially Invited to an Egg Freezing Party

    6. You’re Cordially Invited to an Egg Freezing Party

    It’s the hottest day of the year in the UK and the side effects of my injections kick in (hello, heart palpitations, how relaxing). Meanwhile, I investigate egg freezing in other countries, discuss fertility ‘tourism’ and the idea of visiting Thailand or Mexico for the treatment. I talk to Hong-Kong doctor Lucy Lord about a controversial egg freezing case in China, where women can only freeze their eggs if they're married. Plus, a chat with California’s ‘Egg Whisperer’, Dr Aimee Eyvazzadeh, about egg freezing parties and the Kardashians' impact on the egg freezing industry.


    *This podcast is not to replace medical advice. Always speak to your doctor if you have any concerns about your fertility or treatment*


    Freezing Time is written and produced by Hannah Varrall and Sophia Money-Coutts, and created by OffScript.
     
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
111 Ratings

111 Ratings

misstalfourd ,

Funny, heartwarming, and informative

Everything you need if you’re thinking of doing this but also if you’re not and just curious. Personal yet completely informative and heartwarming, it was about time someone made this podcast and I’m so grateful it was Sophia MC

Nikki_168 ,

A fantastic series for anyone considering or going through egg freezing

Thank you so much Sophia for making this brilliant podcast. I have just completed my third egg freezing cycle and only wish this podcast had been released when I started back in January. Thank you for tackling key issues, questions and detail. Egg freezing is such untalked about subject but one that we need to break the taboos about. I’ve found the series invaluable and can’t recommend it highly enough to anyone thinking about egg freezing or anyone going through the process.

Annabel VG ,

Brilliant

Well done Sophia for this wonderfully informative podcast & for shedding light on the world of egg freezing. She is incredibly brave to take us through the very personal process and to enlighten her listeners at the same time. Would highly recommend!

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