There is a new reason as to why women are now freezing their eggs in the west. There is a dearth of single, eligible men out there, and this is why many women are freezing their eggs. Realising the fact that they may never get married, they at least want to safeguard their chances of having kids.

The term “missing men” has been used in the study to indicate that fewer men are going into higher education than women.

In fact, a new study that came out confirmed that single educated women are finding it hard to find a suitable mate, and they are also freezing their eggs so that they can focus on their careers and education. This research was done at Yale University, and they interviewed 150 women in their 30s and 40s who opted for egg freezing in the US and Israel. The term “missing men” has been used in the study to indicate that fewer men are going into higher education than women. According to university admissions service UCAS – there is a disparity where 36.8 per cent of women went for higher studies last year, compared to 27.2 percent of men.

Many celebrities have also chosen to go down this path. Diana Hayden delivered a baby girl last year from an egg that she froze nine years ago.

In India, egg freezing is not new, however, it is a lot more effective now. Clinics are popping up everywhere that are helping women with freezing their eggs. Many celebrities have also chosen to go down this path. Diana Hayden delivered a baby girl last year from an egg that she froze nine years ago. In Hollywood, there are a lot of celebrities who have opted for oocyte cryopreservation (the scientific term for freezing one’s eggs). The list includes Kim Kardashian, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Sofia Vergara and more.

So, why are women freezing their eggs, really? Well, mainly because of the fact that it works, it gives them a sense of relief from society’s pressure of a ‘ticking biological clock’. Women in India, especially, after they are married are always under the pressure of making babies. Freezing their eggs might give them a chance to relieve the pressure. If they choose to have a baby later, or not, that’s their choice – but they have the liberty to extend and delay childbearing till they’re comfortable with it, and that is something comforting.

Women in India, especially, after they are married are always under the pressure of making babies. Freezing their eggs might give them a chance to relieve the pressure.

However, in India, social stigma still stands. Many families don’t understand why a woman would want to delay childbearing. Many women are pressured into giving birth at a young age. Many think that egg freezing is something that only career-oriented women do, however, a woman doesn’t really need a reason to do so. The egg freezing process is also quite expensive and that could be the reason why we only hear about it from celebrities. The more that women opt for this, the more affordable it will become. It is a simple logic of supply and demand. Women aren’t fully aware of the procedure and how it can help them, but slowly, clinics are spreading the knowledge and telling women that they always have the option and the choice.

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