Indian Women Entrepreneurs Dealing with Infertility & Taboos
To a woman with career on her mind ‘when are you getting married?’ and ‘when will you start a family?’ are quizzical weapons of massive coronary inducers
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Taboos aside women entrepreneurs like Kim are increasingly taking to fertility technologies
Modern Indian women are not restricted to the family kitchen; they are confidently stepping out to make their own place in the corporate world. After making an indelible mark in the corporate world, more women are now exploring entrepreneurship, rubbing shoulders with male contemporaries with impressive competence and enthusiasm. It is for this reason among many others that the entrepreneur couples have taken to delayed pregnancy – a trend causing an increase in the first childbearing age and a significant decline in fertility.
The ups and downs in the current economic environment have also led to busier and more stressful lives. Women entrepreneurs are dealing with an unpredictable market nature and are leading stressful lives just like the rest of the hustlers. It has been shared by a number of scientific studies that mental stress affects ovulation among women and sperm quality among men thus raising the chances of encountering fertility issues.
Infertility is as much a social issue as it is a biological one because we live in India. In India, there are superstitions and stigma attached to infertility. It doesn’t take too long for social pressure to reach such heights that already childless couples will feel the pariah affect in a big way. The pressure they feel will keep a vicious cycle of stress further fuelling perpetuating existing infertility issues.
But it is important that career women suffering from fertility issues understand that infertility does not mean childlessness. It often means that becoming pregnant might be a challenge. Infertility today can be treated through a variety of medical treatments and women entrepreneurs are increasingly open to these biotech advancements.
Women entrepreneurs or working couples tend to delay conception as they are spending more time chasing their dreams and fulfilling their career goals. More and more women entrepreneurs are looking at egg freezing as a viable option to delay pregnancy so that childbearing does not interfere with the ascension of their career graphs. In egg freezing the eggs are retrieved and then frozen for a period of time before they are thawed, fertilized and transferred to the uterus as embryos. Opting for this procedure reassures them that they can go ahead on their chosen career path and achieve their professional aims without compromising their chance to start a family at later ages.
Assisted Reproductive Technologies or ART procedures like Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) or Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) are proving to be increasingly effective for the women entrepreneurs to conceive at the later ages. IUI involves placing sperm inside a woman's uterus to facilitate fertilization, in IVF embryo transfer procedure is done which places the embryos in the woman's uterus where they will hopefully implant and develop to result in a live birth and ICSI involves the injection of a single sperm directly into a mature egg.
The medical treatments are however, mostly assisting technologies. Women entrepreneurs, no matter how busy you are, you must resolve to opt for a healthy lifestyle and fitness regimen. Stress is one of the major contributory factors to infertility issues and other complications that can cause challenges in conception at later ages. Therefore it is important to adopt stress reducing therapies like yoga, meditation, music therapy, relaxation techniques and a regular workout regimen as a part of your regular life. Not only will it help you manage your overwhelming obligations, it will help you attain a healthy state of mind, the place where all health, wealth and happiness.
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