The Biological Clock is a Reality – Please Act Accordingly
The question of carrying a successful pregnancy and reaching motherhood over the age of 40 or 45 is a delicate and complex one and has been intensely debated medically as well as socially. Births by women between 50-54 years of age have increased by more than 165% in the last 15 years, according to the CDC. Rajo Devi of India gave birth to her first child in 2008 at 70 years of age via IVF, and actresses like Halle Berry and Kelly Preston are a few successful examples of celebrities who have showed the way. Much of the rise in fertility in older women is due to the groundbreaking advances like in vitro fertilization, aided embryo implantation, and use of donor eggs. Some of the breakthrough developments in this field are egg rejuvenation and ovarian rejuvenation. So, amidst all these treatment options available, the question arises, is it the right choice to delay having children from a women’s health perspective?
Dr. Richard Paulson, infertility specialist at USC infertility, specializing in fertility preservation and embryo implantation does not advice so.
So, actually how old is too old for fertility? Dr. Richard Paulson shares his wisdom and experience of 30 years in this field on CureTalks show. He warns that the biological clock is an “extremely important aspect of human infertility” and is a reality.
Statistics show that potential for natural conception starts to decline after 35 years of age, and is “near zero” at the age of 45 in women.
Talking about the number one reason that is holding couples from having children early, the career building rat race still remains a big reason, however, Dr. Paulson says “I think its changing”. He observes that the basic build up of a husband and a wife as a family is taking a long time to happen these days, and remains missing till the men and women are 35 or 36, which delays the plan of having children all the more. These days he says,
The young people are just not pairing up.
There is no physiological difference in the ability of the uterus to contract to give birth at a comparatively older age. Dr. Paulson says, that the baby does not know if he or she is born to a women of age 25 or 50, and it might not be impossible to carry to successful pregnancy at the age of even 50 or beyond, but ability of the women’s body to carry a pregnancy does vary. Both for “biological” as well “energy” reasons, Dr. Paulson advises to have children while still in early thirties, and recommends that the corporate and employment structure of our society be built in a way which allows people time to have children in the time frame.
We must have children at a time when we are “physiologically better equipped” and have the energy to enjoy them.
So when should you go in for a consultation to preserve your fertility? If you are a 30-year-old woman and ready to start a family, you don’t have to worry. But if think you are not in a position to have children even by the time you are 35, then it is time to go in for a consultation and to freeze your eggs.
The younger you are, the better quality those eggs are going to be.
Is there anything you can do naturally to preserve your fertility? All you can do is stay away from toxins by avoiding smoking, air pollution, unhealthy food, and unhealthy lifestyle. Exercise daily and just be healthy.
“The fountain of youth is in general good health” Dr. Paulson believes.
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