Journalist and author Sophia Money-Coutts is sharing her own egg freezing journey in Freezing Time as well as interviewing various experts and women all over the world who went trough the same treatment. This captivating podcast informs about the egg freezing process mostly in the UK but also around the world.
From the get go, Money-Coutts captures my attention from the honesty that she approaches the topic from. She is 35 years old and single. She doesn’t even know, if she wants to have children, but she knows, that freezing her eggs now can give her the best chance of motherhood somewhere along the line. Whether that is with a partner or on her own.
With audio diaries Money-Coutts takes as along the process, through all the hormones, the fears and the uncomfortable side of this entire thing. Intersected are these audio diaries with interviews with experts on fertility and egg freezing, as well as women all over the world who have experienced egg freezing themselves. These interviews with women who have done the procedure were one of the best part of the podcast. This diverse group of women, some even trailblazers in their respective countries, share their unique stories. All of this helps you get a broader understanding of the topic as well as how privileged you might be, depending on where you live.
Sophia Money-Coutts regularly addresses her own privilege as a white, middle-class, heterosexual woman. She focuses on these things as the egg freezing process is pretty expensive, which already limits who can get the process done. In the UK the NHS only pays for the egg freezing procedure, if it is medical necessary. Social Egg Freezing, what Money-Coutts is doing, is what they call it when it is not medically necessary and only done for “social” reasons like age.
I really enjoyed listening to this 10 episode podcast – 11 if you count the bonus episode. I am in my mid-twenties, so I have never really thought about my own fertility. The podcast got me thinking about it though, and how nice it is, as a woman, to have the option available.
Further investigating on my own, however, revealed that Social Egg Freezing is not legal in Austria. So even if I thought that would be good idea somehow, it wouldn’t be possible. You never know what might happen in the future, though, so I will definitely keep an eye out for that topic here Austria. Maybe once I am at an age, where egg freezing might be something to consider, it is legal in Austria.
If you have read one of Money-Coutts’ books or read my reviews for them (*cough* plug *cough*), you might enjoy the podcast as well. Even tough it is a serious topic with important discussions held, there is still Money-Coutts’ signature humour.
Do you like listening to podcasts? If so, which ones? Are you interested in the topic of egg freezing? And have you listened to Freezing Time yet? If so, what are your thoughts? And if not, would you be interested now? I’d love to hear your thoughts.