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New Test Gives Women 'Childbirth Deadline'

By Madeline Holler |

For women whose life plans include both career and childbearing, deciding when to have a baby is a decision often made in the dark. Conceive now while both eggs and career are young? Or risk waiting too long but ensuring the career is secure. Plenty of women get pregnant at 40. Still others struggle to get pregnant at 30.

How do you know when you’re fertility takes a dive? A new test could give women a birth deadline.

Italian researchers believe that they have a developed a test which would let women as young as 20 know when they will no longer be fertile. It’s a simple blood test and it measures the levels of hormones that the ovaries produce and which regulate the development of cells which become released eggs.

The test’s developers say they can precisely measure when the onset of menopause will occur in individual women.

Think this will help with family and career planning? Would you have liked a test like this?

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About Madeline Holler


Madeline Holler

Madeline Holler is a writer, journalist, and blogger. She has written for Babble since the site launched in 2006. Her writing has appeared in various other publications both online and in print, including Salon and True/Slant (now Forbes). A native of the Midwest, Madeline lives, writes, and parents in Southern California, where she's raising two daughters and a son. Read bio and latest posts → Read Madeline's latest posts →

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5 thoughts on “New Test Gives Women 'Childbirth Deadline'

  1. [...] Test Gives Women Deadline for Getting Pregnant [...]

  2. Violette Bleue says:

    Even if I certainly won’t conceive a child at the age of 45 or 50, I think it would be interesting to know when menopause will occur for me. It happened very early for my mother and very very early for her mother (who had 9 children!), so maybe it will be the same for me ? I could want a child when I am 45 but maybe it won’t be possible. It would be very interesting to know.
    On the other hand, it would be one more stressful thing in women’s mind, the biological clock working faster, tic tac tic tac…

  3. bob says:

    It’s not enough until they call predict when the last of the genetically reliable eggs will be gone.

  4. [...] last week’s news about the so-called menopause test, the simple blood draw that will allow a woman to determine her fertility [...]

  5. [...] have been taking on the mystery of menopause as of late. In Italy, scientists developed a test that can tell a 20-year-old when her fertility will shut down. Here in the U.S., some doctors want [...]

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