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Increasing popularity of egg freezing among Indians, social stigma continues


New Delhi: Women were filled with new hope when former Miss World Diana Hayden, 42, brought her first child into the world as a result of freezing her human egg eight years ago. However, societal unacceptance attached to it continues to prove a hindrance to this new age process.

While young Indians feel that freezing of human egg is a smart move for career-oriented women, social stigma continues to be attached to the new-age fertilization process, say medical experts.

Egg freezing is still not very popular in India, said Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre.

“People in India still open their eyes wide if they hear such things, especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand, IVF has been accepted widely in India, but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India,” Gupta told reporters.

Another expert, Anubha Singh, gynecologist and IVF Expert at Shantah IVF Center, said that “egg freezing is not a normal procedure like IVF or surrogacy, but if you are an individual and you don’t need any family member’s approval, you can definitely go for this”.

The procedure, however, has caught the people’s attention here in the past two to three years.

Singh said it was in 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees.

“They took the decision to attract more female employees and maintain their retention rates so that they may have prolonged careers,” said Singh.

Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashian have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example.

Is the method more popular among celebrities than commoners?

“Egg freezing is a costly affair and is mostly taken up by high-profile people,” Gupta said.

The costs of preserving eggs is very high.

In India, freezing embryos costs Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 per month, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle costs Rs.100,000 to Rs.200,000 per cycle. Embryo transfer is the main part of the IVF process – and it usually takes 10 to 15 days to be injected in a woman’s womb.

Thus, egg freezing is mostly popular among Page 3 celebrities or among people with higher spending powers, Gupta added.

“Many couples who work for IT firms, BPOs and in management backgrounds are busy with their careers and delay the baby-making process, thereby, giving them a reason to opt for freezing their sperms or eggs. Besides a prosperous career, the uncertainty of marriage and fear of infertility are two other major factors contributing to this trend (of increasing queries on egg-freezing),” she said.

But before taking a decision, be aware that egg freezing isn’t a sure shot guarantee of pregnancy.

“First of all, the success rate of egg freezing is not 100 percent as chances of viable pregnancies are only 30 to 35 percent. You just can’t freeze your eggs once, sit back and relax. Even if you freeze your eggs at an early age, you have to get your IVF cycle done before you turn 45-years-old.

“So, limitations are always there,” Aanchal Aggarwal, IVF specialist at the BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, told reporters.

In Britain, 18,000 eggs were frozen till 2012. Of these, only 580 embryos were formed, eventually generating only 20 live births, according to an earlier report.

“So, you can clearly notice that the difference between the ratio of eggs which is 18,000 and live births which is only 20,” said Singh, adding: “It is best if you freeze embryos (combination of eggs and sperm) rather than eggs.”

“The cost of freezing embryos is the same as the cost of freezing eggs, but freezing embryos is more result-oriented in comparison,” Singh concluded.(Nivedita, IANS) (Image source:

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10 Best Jobs for Fresh Graduates

For a lot of reasons, fresh graduates yearn to land a job even before the ceremonies are held, and this deals with the fact that there are still opportunities out there

The competition is high but there still are jobs which fresh graduates can pursue to achieve success. Pixabay
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  • In India, many graduates struggle to find a job
  • It is getting more and more difficult to get a job due to high competition
  • However, there are few fields which are best for the fresh graduates to pursue

For many graduates in India, finding a job means having to compete with others for an entry-level position. And while the country is still experiencing high dropout rates, a lot of young people are still hopeful of landing their dream job.

As compared to a private job, there is very less work pressure in the government sector. Wikimedia Commons
Many graduates are not able to land their dream job. Wikimedia Commons

For a lot of reasons, fresh graduates yearn to land a job even before the ceremonies are held, and this deals with the fact that there are still opportunities out there that promise high salaries and full government benefits.

Are you on your last dregs of tertiary academia? Here are some of the options you might want to consider.


Let’s start our list with the most in-demand profession in the country ever since. With both public and private universities offering a wide range of specializations, students basically face an increasing market for medicine graduates each year. In 2014, at least 50,000 graduates in this field have been produced, with the salary ranging from 80,000 to 150,000 rupees a month.

Medicine is undoubtedly one of the most popular job profiles for a freshly graduate.


Experts was gearing up for a massive construction boom from 2013 to 2017, and investments in this industry are likely to increase in the future. For sure, professions in engineering provide heavy compensation packages even for entry-level positions. Senior civil engineers, for instance can earn up to 350,000 rupees a year.

IT and Computer Science

Ever since then, the IT industry in India has become a major player in terms of innovation. One thing’s for sure, the country has become a hub a software and tech hub as most graduates have relocated to Silicon Valley to work with major industry giants. In India, on the other hand, graduates of computer science and software development are also afforded hefty salaries. A case in point are software engineers that earn as much as 300,000 to 400,000 rupees a year, making their professions one of the highest in the country.

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IT and computer science is yet another job which potentially guarantees success for a graduate.

 English Teachers

As India continues to develop along the lines of IT and services, foreign companies are considering on expanding their operations across the subcontinent. This would mean a greater demand for English language lecturers who could train the current workforce. Apparently, companies are investing a lot of their resources in language training; most have also hired in-house trainers, offering at least 300,000 rupees a year to individuals with intermediate to advance-level proficiencies.

 Digital Marketing

Often dubbed as one of the fastest growing labor markets to date, the digital marketing sector in India continues to offer graduates numerous opportunities to work as brand advocates, account specialists, and marketing gurus. And with grosses of up to 400,000 rupees year, who couldn’t say no to such an opportunity? But graduates need to know where to look for the best jobs in this field. For those seeking to land a career in SEO, they can apply in the companies listed by

Digital marketing is another popular profession among graduates. Wikimedia Commons
Digital marketing is another popular profession among graduates. Wikimedia Commons

As we can see by now, graduates in India have a lot of options to consider. It is still important for students to decide where they want to be as early as possible. That way, they wouldn’t have to worry a great deal on whether they could get a job or not.