Today, women have far more professional and career opportunities than in the past. In addition, they have certain innate biological advantages in comparison to men that allow them to shine in many professional fields. They have a much better emotional quotient and they are able to multi-task better than men and so do much better than their male counterparts.

Unfortunately, while all this is great when it comes to building a career and becoming successful in their chosen field, there is a price to pay. The one major biological disadvantage they have to deal with is their biological clock. This is why many smart and ambitious women find themselves in a tug-of-war of sorts and aren’t too sure whether they should have a baby or focus on their career and which one they should sacrifice.

The biological clock

The other dilemma is that many of these bright and successful women also find it very difficult to find husbands that will be able to match their expectations. It’s also why many of them aren’t too keen to get married, have babies and “settle down”. An increasing number of women wake up one morning and suddenly realize they are 35, with a great career, but with a biological clock that is ceaselessly ticking away.

They realize that if they want to have a baby, it will have to be sooner than later. They know that if they wait till they are 40 or 45 to have that baby they want, they may not be able to have one then. Today, the one perfect option for women who are caught in this bind, is the advanced technique of egg freezing or vitrification. They can choose to freeze their eggs when they are young (which is when their eggs are of good quality), so that they can use this for  IVF and have babies when they want  to.

The best option

When they store their frozen eggs, and find that they are unable to zero-in on the right partner, or if they feel they want to have a baby at 40, they don’t have to use their poor quality, fresh eggs. They can just  choose to use the good quality eggs they had frozen when they were younger.

This option isn’t an inexpensive one, but as long as it’s done at a good clinic, there are no downsides to it. Egg freezing gives women the  chance  to literally freeze time, pursue their career, maybe find Mr Right and then have the baby they want, when they want it.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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