40 is the New 30. But What About Your eggs?
- Created: August 5, 2010
- by: admin
Medically, it’s a simple fact… your eggs are as old as you are. Learn how science can step in when nature steps out.
Medically, it’s a simple fact… your eggs are as old as you are. And that means a couple of things. Number and quality will diminish with age. Doctors call this ‘diminished ovarian reserve’. Older women trying to conceive should keep in mind that older eggs experience greater difficulty in implantation, having a higher incidence of chromosomal error, and the older the egg, the higher the risk of miscarriage. Thankfully, science can step in where nature steps out. Fertility drugs, invitro fertilization and donor eggs have changed the pregnancy landscape in many ways. Still, it’s important to realize that most those late-life celebrity births you’ve been reading about are almost never the result of fertility the old fashioned way. So if you’re thinking about children, every year makes a difference. The optimal age for conception is still linked to your body’s internal clock. No matter how young you may look or feel, your eggs have their own agenda.