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Does The Biological Clock Really Affect The Woman’s Fertility?

Does The Biological Clock Really Affect The Woman’s Fertility?



f ever there was a time to love being a woman, it’s now. Women are finally breaking out of stereotypes and shattering glass ceilings. Whether in business, career, or life in general, this age has witnessed an impressive array of accomplishments from women.

Equally impressive are the never-seen-before changes when it comes to women and childbearing. Like an unexpected turn, some women have delayed childbearing to prioritize other areas of their lives like personal and career developments. That’s not to say that if another woman decides to prioritize childbearing she’s any less of a woman, it only means that times have changed and versatility is more welcome.

Gone are the days when all there was to being female was reproduction and other sexual and aesthetic purposes. Far from it as ladies are beginning to hold prominent positions in society at large. However, the subject of the biological clock is still a question many women ask. The thing is, most women don’t want to build a career at the detriment of their family, and neither do they want a family at the detriment of a career. We want it all and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.

Therefore, if having children is something you want today or later in the future, you might want to consider the biological clock and how it affects fertility.

What is this biological clock?

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A woman is born with about 2 million eggs but in her 30s, a good number of those eggs would be gone. This is because a woman’s fertility is influenced by her age. It usually peaks between her early and mid-20s, after which it gradually begins to decline.

As women get older, it’s not uncommon for them to experience complications during pregnancy if not properly taken care of. Of course, if she maintains a healthy lifestyle, this can be altered. This relationship between age and fertility is referred to as the biological clock.

So yes, the biological clock does exist and is not a myth. Having said that, does that mean you should become desperate and accessible to every Tom, Dick, and Harry once you turn 30? Absolutely not.

Why you shouldn’t feel pressured to have children

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This may come as a surprise, but some studies have implied that the biological clock was made up to manipulate women. They argue that it is more psychological than it is biological.

One study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 2004 examined the chances of pregnancy among 770 European women.  This study found that with sex at least twice a week, 82% of 35-39-year-old women conceived within a year, compared to 86% of 27-34-year-olds, which was almost identical to the fertility of women in their late 20s and early 30s.

This shows that age could have little effect on women seeking to conceive. However, it is still advisable to lead a healthy lifestyle, be aware of your cycle, have frequent sex 🙂 and seek professional advise. These are definitely steps in the right direction.

These techniques have been able to counter the effects of the biological clock…

1. Egg freezing

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It’s been proven that you can hit the snooze button on your fertility and when you’re ready for childbearing, your eggs will be just as fresh and prolific as in your twenties. All you need to do is to freeze them till you’re ready for childbearing. However, this procedure must be done through a certified professional.

2. Fertility treatments

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In vitro fertilization (IVF) and Artificial Home Insemination (AI) are the most common go-to fertility treatments. These processes increase the woman’s monthly chance of conception.

These fertility treatments allow for women to take control of their biological clock and better plan their parenting lives without undue pressure. So take charge and live your best life. The only clock ticking is the one on your wall.

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