Keshia Knight Pulliam Says COVID Put A Stop Egg Freezing Plan

Keshia Knight Pulliam posted a promo video from OWN’s “Eggs Over Easy: Black Women & Fertility” documentary that she was freezing her eggs. The documentary premiered on Jan. 4, the actress surprised viewer with a shocker about her in vitro fertilization journey. The actress told People magazine on Jan. 6, “I began the process of freezing my eggs and then literally the day that I was supposed to start my meds is when, as a result of the pandemic, they shut down all elective medical procedures. So, I was unable to continue.”

According to Medicinenet.com, “elective” in medicine is a procedure “that is chosen (elected) by the patient or physician that is advantageous to the patient but is not urgent.” Scheduling a elective surgery simply  means that the surgery can be scheduled in advance and that it isn’t an immediate procedure. As for the in vitro process being considered elective, Pulliam doesn’t agree. She said, “It’s crazy that preserving your right and your ability to have a baby is considered elective. It shouldn’t. It should be an option that’s given to all women.”

To educate people on how much the pandemic affected the medical industry she said, “I think a lot of people didn’t realize that, with the world shutting down in the pandemic, it didn’t just affect your ability to go to the mall, or to do sporting events the way you want to, but it definitely affected a lot of people from a medical standpoint. People were unable to get mammograms and cancer surgery [which] were very much needed.”

The 42-year-old is upset by her in vitro plans being put on hold, but her husband Brad James are  trying to increase their family from three members to four by natural conception or the “old-fashioned way,” as she said. “A couple of years ago, it was ‘OK, we want a baby.’ But not now, now we’re open to getting pregnant. So, you know, we’ll see what happens” she said.

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