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I'm Ase Wang, And I Froze 12 Of My Eggs Because I'm Not Ready For A Baby Yet. AMA!

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Ase Wang
VIP 73 days ago


Hello DxD community! I’m Ase Wang. I’ll be replying to all your comments on Friday 2 November at 1 pm.

Proof: https://www.instagram.com/p/BoazMLKF6q2/?hl=en&taken-by=ase_wang. You can find more information about me on my Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/asewangofficial/

Background: I froze my eggs this year (at the age of 36) because I'm single and not planning to have a baby immediately. I also knew that I would not be able to have kids naturally due to my low egg reserves, which is why I decided to go through the painful, expensive and emotional process. Freezing my eggs allowed me to keep my options open for when I'm finally ready to embrace motherhood.

On June 29, I had 12 eggs extracted from my body and frozen, and made a video to document my journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW2zyomWpBI. In Singapore, single women do not have the option to freeze their eggs, and I hope to change that by raising awareness through this video and AMA session.

Since I started sharing my journey, I’ve gotten hundreds of DMs on my Instagram from women in Singapore and all over the world, who either can’t have a baby naturally, or who’ve extracted eggs, or who don’t have enough money to do it. A lot of the stories were encouraging, and some were really sad. It has been overwhelming — I wasn’t expecting this kind of response.

Leave a comment below asking me anything about egg freezing, or questions related to:

1. Why I did it
2. Why I decided to share my journey so openly
3. Your options in Singapore as a single woman if your egg reserve is running low
4. Why egg freezing is such a taboo subject in Singapore
5. Why I need to go for more rounds even after harvesting 5 eggs
6. What it was like getting painful hormone shots in the stomach at a Bangkok hospital to help stimulate egg flow
7. The side effects of egg freezing and hormonal treatment

#Pregnancy #Gynaecology
Comments (55)
Anonymous
68 days ago

Hi I'm Jeeyan, DxD's content editor. Ase will be coming on live Friday, 2 November at 1 pm to answer all your questions. Feel free to start leaving your questions and comments for Ase below!

@Ase, thanks for doing this DxD AMA :) My questions for you are:

1. It was very brave of you to make the decision to go to Bangkok to have your eggs frozen! Do you think that the Singapore government should be more supportive of single women who want to go for egg freezing in Singapore, especially with our dismal fertility rate, and women getting married later?

2. Also, why do you think it is that not many women are aware about, or even consider egg freezing? 

Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
i100 percent believe that Singapore should allow this .

why not ? women are the future and if our birth rate in Singapore is going down what does that tell the goverment .

we live in a modern world today , isn't singapore changing our city to be modern .... then our people need to be treated the same way .

i personally think its very cruel to do this to women especially those that suffer .

too many women in singapore aren't aware of this because our government have not educated us in it and allow us to have it done .

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Denise
VIP 41 days & 21h ago

Hi, I'm Denise from the DxD content team! I'll be moderating this AMA today!

Thanks @Ase for doing this AMA and sharing your journey with us!

Looking forward to reading all the answers to the questions that we have now. Do keep those questions coming in!

Mezclita
41 days & 21h ago

Hi Ase, I was just thinking I had a question for you, then saw this!

1. What are/were you like hormonally? (normally, so before and during treatment?) I’m asking because for myself I can get really “dramatic” periods - even breaking out into rashes all over my body from being in that time of the month! So, not sure if being pumped full of hormones would be too much, physically and emotionally... 

2. How did you feel it went for you? Worse or better than you thought?

Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 21h ago
hi !

hormonally i was up and down ( the first time ) the second time was much better . but its all managable , think of it this way ..... women do this all the time . new were built to give birth thats a lot more harder if u ask me than a few injects a day :)

as for your rash I'm sure your doc can advice u on how to treat that .

i dealt with my hormone changes by meditation , that helped me a lot and staying away from stressful situations .

my first time i was going through a break up so i was dealing with a lot at the time . but i still managed to do it !!!

Siew Ling
66 days ago
Thanks for this! I’m 39 and considering egg freezing myself. I’ve read that the hormone injections make your emotions go all wonky though. What was it like going through the hormone injections? 
Soonie
66 days ago
Same boat here! Would love to get a reply to this question!
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
i went to the hospital everyday to get them done , it was fine , it was a bit hiring but over all if u have no fear of injects you will be fine . as for the wonky mood swings its ok , its not like you will go around murdering people hahaha ! if thats your only concern you're fine !!!
Cranberry7
56 days & 15h ago
I didn't know that you could choose to freeze your eggs! After I saw this I went to look it up, and apparently it's not a regulated industry and clinics don't meet their own industry standards...


So my question is, what kind of things helped you make your decision to do it in that particular hospital in Bangkok? What was it that made you feel reassured despite the risks involved?

Thanks!

Mel
55 days & 19h ago
Yeah how do you pick some place that doesn't seem dodgy but is reliable and safe?
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
i went to a good hospital with a good reputation and a doctor with a very good referral . thats very important . a doc that believes in you and trusts that u can do it . i don't think the risks are that major . its a small producer with a big effect 
Renee
56 days & 15h ago
How did you deal with the painful shots in the stomach? I'm so scared of needles and don't know if I have the strength to go through something like that. I'd really like to know what your management strategies were. What went through your mind that kept you going?
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
ahhhhh this is a good one cause I'm exactly like u . infant i might be worse ...... i faint sometimes with blood tests .

honestly i just had to suck it up and pony on up and take it likes champ .

after a few days you will be better with it . pls don't worry about that , i did it .

you need to tell yourself needles suck but they are also the key to your biggest gift in life . we just got to handle it babe !!!

PandaEyesJen
56 days & 15h ago
Hi Ase, what made you decide to check your egg reserves? It's not really something that people think about unless they are married and want kids right?


Now I'm wondering if I should check anyway...

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Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
pls check cause its your body and you have the right to know .

i got checked cause a friend told me i should check to see as I'm at that age right now where kids are an option . pls check !!! its research to know your body better .

ShinyShinn
41 days & 20h ago
Thanks for this - I wished they would cover this in sex ed in school... it's not like having kids is just learning about anatomy.......

What do you have to do to get your egg reserves checked? What happens when you see the gynae?


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Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
they will do ultra sound and blood test on your period and off to see how many eggs they can see and from your blood they will test all your levels of hormones etc 
Ivy Chen
42 days & 15h ago

Does freezing eggs mean that I will be losing eggs that I might need in the future? Will this process decrease my chance of conceiving naturally someday?

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Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
NO ! not at all . you are just storing some incase . your body will produce more unless you have a problem . you're putting your gold in a safe till you want to use it . infant doctors still tell u to keep having sex and try naturally . freezing your eggs is just a back up .
Bella_W
57 days & 1h ago
This is something I thought of as well, but I read that the success rate of conceiving a baby from a frozen egg is not good. Why did you still decide to undergo all this risk and pain?
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
because i had no choice , i don't  have a lot of eggs and convincing naturally will be hard for me so my doctor advice me to get as many out with hormone help ( the daily injects ) and store till I'm ready to have a baby which I'm not right now . I'm buying time 
Sunny
56 days & 15h ago

do you think checking egg reserves is something that everyone should think of whether they are married or not?

Chocolatemilk
41 days & 21h ago

You got me thinking about when people say - "You will want kids eventually, and by then, it'll be too late"... 

Not sure if this is relevant but I don't really know if I want kids. It just seems to be something that people expect women to do. But I am still worried. I found myself asking, what if I do want kids later on and find that I can't have any.

Anyway, freezing my eggs seems like something a kiasu Singaporean would do - and well, I honestly can say if I do change my mind about kids in the future, I would want a decent shot at it, if you know what I mean.

Could you comment on how you knew you wanted kids and how that thought led you to getting your eggs frozen?

Thank you!

Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
honestly i am still a bit like u . i love kids a lot but I'm also worried about it . i ask myself too what if its not for me . so i froze my eggs so i wouldn't have any regrets in life . i still don't know honestly if ill have kids , if I'm 40 and still no baby daddy ..... I'm not sure i want to have a baby . so I'm just covering my regrets incase ! better to have an option than non at all if you can afford it .
Chocolatemilk
41 days & 20h ago
wow thanks for answering! This makes me feel better about making a decision. I just don't want to regret it.

What would you do with your eggs if you decide not to have kids in the end?

Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
i would store them until they expire . if i don't  have my eggs , i don't think i would want to donate them .
Wu Huo
57 days & 22h ago
Would frozen eggs still be able to be fertilised after a few years? Thanks for helping.
Claire To
57 days & 21h ago
I was also meaning to ask! Pls answer!!
Cathy Lai
57 days & 21h ago
Hope you could answer this!
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
yes up to 5 or 10 years from what i understand .
Kim Khoo
60 days & 1h ago
Hi everyone. How was it like getting those hormone shots? Like what were the side effects? Was it painful?  Hope u could answer! 
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
the injections weren't that painful I'm just really scared of needles that why . if your not scared of needles this is a walk in the park , your moods might swing but you will know here its coming from and you just have to remind yourself .
April Hong
57 days & 21h ago
When would be the best time to freeze my eggs? Pls help
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
the hunger you are the better . start now !!
Conzy
41 days & 20h ago
What's the age limit beyond which doctors will say it's not worth it? or is it a case by case thing? It's a bit depressing thinking of these "expiry dates" :( 
Kim Guo
57 days & 21h ago
How many eggs do I need to store to ensure pregnancy?
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
no one ever knows that ....... you can only tell when you want to create an embryo if your eggs are good enough . thats another step in this journey !!but the more eggs the better chance
AngbaoCat
55 days & 20h ago
Actually, I don't quite understand why it's not legal to freeze eggs in Singapore.. It's not like I'm going to get pregnant without an other half to contribute... it seems more of a bid to buy time right?


And even though people are saying it's a gamble cos you don't know if it will work, shouldn't I be given the freedom to take that gamble? The only thing is that it's an expensive process and I can't afford it. Honestly, I'd rather do it in Singapore if it was available here cos I'd feel it was safer in a way..

Anyway, after all the rant haha, I want to know why you chose to take that gamble? What went through your mind I mean like, it's so much to go through.

Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
i took the gamble cause it was worth it for me . i recon its a small thing to go through for such a gift in life eventually . eye on the prize :)

and yes agreed ..... why can't singapore allow us to do this ?!!!! I'm fighting for that now for us women in singaore

ANGELa Grant
57 days & 22h ago
Hey there. I was considering getting my eggs freezed but the price is rather expensive. Would u say it was worth it??
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
i would say yes ! if you can afford it . better to have back up if you really want this in your life . expensive but worth it .
Winnie
41 days & 20h ago
I've always thought that this should be a priority for Singapore. How can society keep encouraging the "empowered" woman and tell her she can do anything - have a career, fly high... and then also criticise her for choosing to delay childbirth? It doesn't make sense to me.


Surely it would be better to make the environment more conducive for having children? It's not like we don't know that eggs drop in quality as time goes by. Some of us actually DO want kids, just that there are so many things that are in the way, like finding a good spouse, and being able to afford a kid!


Overall, do you see more criticism or positivity when you shared your journey? Thanks so much for sharing and for fighting for this!

Fighting!!
41 days & 19h ago
I hope this works out for you in the way that you want! What do you think Singaporean women (and the men too actually) can do to fight for something like this?
Seow Lay Hoon
57 days & 21h ago
You must be very brave to make that decision!! How do you think other women could "overcome their fears" to freeze their eggs?
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
by understanding its process of this day and age . times have changed . we need to do what we got to do . its 2 weeks out of your life. the only thing that is scary is the cost of the journey !!! that sucks 
izzy55
57 days & 20h ago
That is a brave feat!!!


Was this your last resort? 

How do you know if you are actually not ready? Why not embrace it as it comes?

Such a complicated procedure must be expensive. What were your strongest motivations for doing it?

Mel
55 days & 19h ago
it's good to hear from someone who went through this kind of experience and is willing to share - how come 5 eggs is not enough? How much is enough? Seems so scary to go through this. Thanks for sharing!!
Ase Wang profile picture
Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
the more eggs the better the chance so i had to do it 2 rounds , in total i got 12 eggs. now in this 12 eggs we don't know how many can be used or are good eggs until i want to create an embyro . so the ore eggs the better chance . no less than 10 they say . but i had a friend that only had 2 eggs and 1 worked out well :)
Anonymous
50 days & 19h ago
How Long did the pain last and what impact did it have on your quality of life?
windy
42 days & 16h ago
has egg freezing affected your health negatively? 
emma
42 days & 15h ago

Will this process remove ALL of my eggs?

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Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
it depends on your situation but your storing them for further use . and if you don't have a problem I'm sure your body makes more eggs .
yanxin
42 days & 15h ago

Hihi, may i ask what’s the time commitment like? I read that you have to be bed bound for awhile.



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Ase Wang
VIP 41 days & 20h ago
my time commitment was 2 weeks with everything .

i don think you need to be bed bound unless your doctor tells u too . depends on everyones situation . my case was a sensitive so i wasn't allowed to workout in the gym , snd just relax but i was not bed bound for 2 weeks !! i would go crazy !

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