An employee checks oocytes and embryos (in the sealed test tubes) in tanks filled with liquid nitrogen in a storage room at the e-Stork Reproductive Center in Hsinchu, northern Taiwan, August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang
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Big companies such as Facebook and Apple are offering egg freezing to their female employees, and demand for this service continues to increase around the world, with Lebanon no exception.With improved technology, doctors have started offering egg freezing to a wider range of people.Rania said her choice to delay starting a family could also be attributed to the demands of her career.Still, according to the doctors The Daily Star spoke to, Rania's case is typical, and the people who most often come to them for egg freezing are well-educated career women.Egg freezing, Abu-Musa argues, empowers women by eliminating the difficult choice between maintaining a career and starting a family.Paid paternity leave, which can help relieve the effect of childbirth on a woman's career, is stipulated to be one day only – although a proposal to extend it to three days is currently awaiting ratification by Parliament.Where labor laws fail to protect young women's careers, egg freezing offers itself as a solution – one that comes at a high price.These costs, Abou Ghannam said, mean the procedure is accessible only to a high-earning few.Although some women are postponing starting a family to focus on their careers, Abou Ghannam warns against applying this conclusion to everyone.
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