26 Apr

“The balancing act of motherhood and a career, and being a wife, is something that I don’t think I’ll ever perfect, but I love the challenge of it.”

– Kerri Walsh Jennings, Professional Olympic Athlete and Mother of 3 kids!

Statistically speaking in the late 1980s, the average woman had her first baby by the age of 22. By 2000, that age had risen to almost 25, and by 2018, the average woman waits until the age of 26 to have her first child. Even across the globe the phenomenon of having late pregnancies has changed tremendously with more women opting for career and professional life over getting married and motherhood. In United Kingdom, the number of women becoming pregnant, over the age of 40 has tripled since 1980. By 2016, more British women over 40 years old gave birth than those younger than 20 years old. Similarly in the United States of America, almost 2.3% of all births are to women aged 40 to 44 years.

Although, the society may be changing by leaps and bounds year after year, the biological realities of fertility remain the same. Theoretically, most women enter their menopausal period by their late 40s or early 50s. In the years before menopause, a woman’s fertility declines. Although, the life experience of an older woman may mean she is well equipped to be a mother, conceiving is not as easy as it is for a younger woman.

Considering these ironies of woman anatomy and the changing landscape of the society toward a more goal and career-oriented woman, I wanted to share my thoughts about 3 distinctive categories of Women who certainly should consider opting for the “Egg Freezing Procedure”.

The Single Woman:

Ms. A is a single woman, born to socially forward and liberal minded parents who not only encouraged her to get a great education, but also never enforced upon her to get married or settled solely based on her advancing age. For Ms. A, there could be numerous reasons for not getting married, but the most common factor may be that she never found her Mr. Right. In that scenario, if she hopes to wait out for her knight in shining armor to enter her life at one point, she cannot magically stop the time or her biological clock from ticking away.

Like a larger proportion of women, if she harbors a desire of having kids one day, but also awaiting for the right man then she is stands to be the perfect candidate to opt for Egg Freezing procedure.

The Career Woman:

Mrs. B is happily married woman, who was fortunate to have been married to her college boyfriend at a good age of 27. However, being an ambitious woman her goals and dreams are far bigger than being confined to the home. She is that ultra workaholic type-A woman, who is always focused on her career and practically has neither the time nor the inclination toward Motherhood at this peak of her career. However, deep down between the college sweethearts is also a dream to have a child; after all they both are working hard to earn money and provide financial security for their future child. But, the path to successful career is not an easy and certainly not a short one.

With her advancing age and declining fertility, while she traverses career growth and achieves professional success, Egg Freezing is the most viable option for her to have the security of having a child at a time that she is completely comfortable and confident with total devotion.

The Medically Unfit Woman:

Mrs. C is a married young woman with a very fertile partner and extremely eager to start a new family of their own at the perfectly and clinically appropriate age. However, she was diagnosed with Cancer upon her initial testing rendering her unable to retain her ovaries, including her viable eggs. Much like all the other deteriorating effects of Cancer treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation, her fertility level and egg quality both, will be drastically affected.

However, still harboring the wish of having a child of her own someday while giving a tough fight to a debilitating disease such as Cancer, Mrs. C is the best candidate for Egg Freezing procedure.

By 2018, thousands of women across the globe have already decided to freeze their eggs, giving them the power to have children when the timing is right, not when their biological clock dictates they should have them. Egg freezing has truly revolutionized how and when women can have children, and today I gave you my perspective on all the 3 major categories of women who should be certainly opting for it, if they hope to have children at a later point of their lives.

Wondering if you or anyone you know is a suitable candidate for egg freezing? Write to me on goralgandhi@gmail.com to discuss and find out.

Next time, I will be discussing more details into the scientific benefits of Egg Freezing and how it is the most liberating thing for the Modern Age Woman, from my personal experience over many years as a practicing embryologist.

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