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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.

Puja Panta
Staff Nurse

As a common woman in society, yes, I do. But as a medical student and a nurse by profession, I do not really feel the ticking of biological clock. Typically, the biological clock has to do with a woman’s reproductive years – the time when she can have babies. The accepted age is up to 35.
The best time to have babies is of course between 20s and 30s. A woman is young and has the vigor to have babies then. Sadly, the scary trend we have been noticing is that women are opting for their first pregnancy at around 32-33 years.

Having a baby after 35 is wrought with problems: fertility count goes down, lifestyle diseases like diabetes and blood pressure have to be factored in and the risk of abnormal births is high.

According to the Journal of Human Reproduction, a woman of 35 with an older partner would have 20 percent chance of conceiving in any month. Many researchers feel that decline with age during the reproductive years is continuous.

If we want to find out roughly how much ‘time’ left in which to become pregnant, see your doctor about getting your Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) levels checked. This gives you a rough estimate of the amount of hormone produced by your eggs. If your levels are high, this indicates you still have lots of eggs left (and therefore time). If your levels are lower, you may want to consider converting that second bedroom into a nursery sooner rather than later.