Egyptian Woman To Freeze Her Eggs: Breaking Social Taboo

Women all over the globe have been under the same peer pressure since the day they were born. Before we hit the large and seemingly terrifying 30 we are all supposed to marry and bear kids. Endless numbers of females have been married over the years just to have kids. Human oocyte cryopreservation–also described as egg freezing–has been around for years. Arab females seem to think that it can be some kind of savior.

An Egyptian female went public about her experience for the first time ever on social media. On Facebook, Reem Mehanna announced that she was going through the procedure to give her an opportunity to have a kid later in life.

Mehanna clarified that marriage for the sole purpose of becoming a mother without finding true love with a spouse is not an alternative. Women undergoing chemotherapy because of the chance of infertility to egg freezing.

Mehanna clarified that she would only consider using the egg freezing through in vitro fertilization if she could not conceive naturally once she had settled down and decided to begin a family. She added that the procedure should be considered for cancer patients. “The cancer-diagnosed women who certainly have to choose this procedure will, therefore, have time to do it prior to chemotherapy because chemotherapy often produces infertility,’ she concluded.

Issues relating to women’s reproductive health and rights, such as abortion, birth control, or even in vitro fertilization, in Egyptian culture have traditionally been extremely contentious and even polarizing.

Soon after Mehanna’s tale went viral, the main Sharia law parliament of Egypt. Dar al-Iftaa issued an edict in favor of the procedure. The organization deemed egg-freezing halal, provided the oocytes are only fertilized by the lawful husband’s sperm in his lifetime, meaning they can not be combined with the genetic material of a man outside the bonds of marriage or a deceased or an ex-husband. Dar al-Iftaa also emphasized the significance of protecting and preserving the eggs in order to avoid the mixing of lineages, which is strictly prohibited in Islam, and birth defects arising from mishandling.

 

Also Read: Taboos In Indian Society

 

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