This is the best time in the world to be a woman ! Not only do women have many more career and professional opportunities than they had in the past, they also have a number of inherent biological advantages as compared to men, which allow them to shine. Not only is their emotional quotient much better, they are also better at multitasking, as a result of which they will often do better than their male colleagues, if they are allowed to do so . Thanks to the new laws which promote gender equality ( for example, those against sexual harassment ), it is quite likely that women will continue to do increasingly well as time goes by.

However, while the opportunities for women to crack the glass ceiling is going to progressively improve, the fact still remains that they pay a price for this . Just as they have certain biological advantages, they also have certain biological disadvantages - and one of them is their biological clock. While women would love to have their cake and eat it too - become the CEO and have babies as well, with the way modern society is set up, it has become extremely difficult for them to do so.

This is why most smart, ambitious women find themselves on the horns of a dilemma . Should they have a baby ? or should they pursue a career ? Which is more important ? and which do they sacrifice ? and how do they make this decision ? There is so much conflicting information - whether it's from the media ; from doctors ; friends; older colleagues; mentors ; and mothers and mother-in-law's !

The other big problem is that because these women are so successful and bright, they often find it very difficult to find a husband who can match up to their expectations, as a result of which most of them are not very keen on getting married just in order to have a baby . They often find that they delay getting married because they just cannot find Mr Right. Consequently, by the time they're about 35, they find that they are in a crisis situation, and that while their career is progressing well, their biological alarm clock is going off ! If they want to have a baby, they better do it now, or they may have to sacrifice their basic biological craving of baby- lust. This is the kind of decision which causes a lot of heartburn, and their biggest worry is that they may regret the decision they make today, when they're 40 or 45 and it's much too late to do much about it.

Fortunately, technology has come to their rescue and the modern young ambitious professional woman now has an additional option, which was not available to her mother. They can freeze their eggs when they're still young, using the advanced technique of vitrification, so that they can keep their reproductive options open for the future. Lots of successful professional women who are 30 are not sure whether they want to get married, settle down, and have babies ; or whether they should postpone childbearing. Egg freezing allows them to have their cake and eat it too !

These are bright young successful women who are capable of making their own decisions for themselves ; and do not want to follow the traditional well-trodden path which has been laid down for them, either by their parents or by society. They want to carve out their own track, and this technology offers them the option to do so. By freezing and storing their eggs when they are young, they can afford to postpone making some key decisions, without affecting their future fertility ! By storing their frozen eggs, even if they do not find the right partner, or if they decide that they do want have a baby when they are 40 they are no longer forced to use their aged 40-year-old poor quality eggs, but can use the high quality young eggs they froze when they were 30 years old ! While this is an expensive option, this has no risk of downside, if done in a good clinic.

The technological option of egg freezing allows women to literally freeze time, when they freeze their eggs, so that it's now possible for them to pursue a career and have a healthy baby as well !

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

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