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Do you feel the biological clock ticking?

Women are looking and feeling younger than ever before. But however good we look and feel for our age, 40 is not the new 30 when it comes to fertility. Most women have no idea how quickly their fertility begins to decline after age 35. It’s not only the quantity of eggs that decline as a woman ages, but it’s the quality as well. Poor egg quality leads to a higher rate of infertility, more frequent miscarriages, and a greater risks for chromosomal disorders in the offspring.

We asked a few career women if they feel the pressure of the biological clck ticking and how they deal with it.

Bharati Adhikari
Director, Department of Food Technology / Polytechnic Research Institute of Nepal (PORIN)

Biological clock refers to the reducing window of opportunity to become pregnant. Primarily, the topic has been an issue. The concepts of education, individualism, professionalism, women empowerment have led women to be motivated about their autonomy, self-standing and to take initiatives according to their choices. Society on the other hand serves as a regular reminder to the feeling of biological clock ticking for women of reproductive age.

Medically, the best age to get pregnant is between the ages of about 20 and 35 since inbetween these ages, a woman is most fertile and least likely to have other complications. However, women have been found to be facing delayed motherhood for their jobs, careers and travelling before settling down. The greatest achievement of the 20th century is to have equality of the sexes which provides upside opportunity to be career oriented and do the things that men have been doing for many years while the downside to it is the biological clock ticking.