October 29, 2006
Women on Freezing Eggs
In a recent Independent article, they talk about the growth of women freezing their eggs to "remove the pressure to find Mr. Right." There is no Mr. Right baby, but there could be "A Right," serving a need but never all. (most married women know what I'm talking about).
I know many -- many -- couples who specifically looked for partners who could fill Mr. Dad or Mrs. Mom when their heads/hearts said "I now want children." It's not to suggest that this replaces love - quite the contrary -- but it is a different search process and often what slows the process down for singles as they get older.
Interestingly enough, experience with freezing has most advanced in Italy. Their research showed half of the women said they felt pressured by their biological clock and 60 per cent wanted to be sure they had taken advantage of "all possible reproductive opportunities."
They remind readers that people have to make "compromises between children and career. It is not only a medical problem, it is a political one." Frankly, I think its much larger than political and career - its also about self expression and what you want to accomplish in a lifetime, not just in your career but what and how you give back to the universe, i.e., whether that is directed to your own children and family or to a much wider audience that may yield a different kind of but equally important impact. Both can be rewarding and incredibly fulfilling.
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