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Biological Clock Ticks Faster Than Expected

A recent study published by the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University in Scotland found that 95 percent of women have less than 12 percent of their ovarian egg reserve left by age 30. By the time women reach 40 they're down to just 3 percent. This raises some interesting questions since women on average have been having children later in life while they graduate college and get started on a career path first. Moreover, the average age men and women first marry is now in the mid-to-late 20s. This only gives newlyweds a few short years before their odds of conception crash. Obviously, it's not impossible, but as Elan Simckes, M.D., medical director and founder of The Fertility Partnership of St. Peter’s, MO. suggests in this article, "I have been telling patients for years that a woman’s ability to conceive peaks in her late teens stays fairly stable until 30 and nosedives after 35." This isn't shocking news, but as suggested in the article, many primary care doctors do not emphasize the effect of age on fertility. So what's a young woman to do? Some have started freezing eggs to hit the pause button on time. Read more from this AOL Health article here.

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Comment by IDOKO NGOZI on August 7, 2010 at 4:06am
This is an eye opener. Nice article

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