More women than ever before are putting off having children while they focus on their careers. Focusing on your career can often mean you aren’t ready for babies until your mid-thirties, at which point you enter the danger zone.
It’s unfair, but as we get older, our eggs develop issues and it gets harder and takes longer to get pregnant. Not only that, but pregnancy is riskier. Miscarriage rates rise with age. For 35-year-olds, the rate of pregnancies ending in live births is half that for women in their 20s. By age 45, it is down 95 percent.
But everyone is different as menopause occurs at a wide array of ages. Now, as The Telegraph reports, a simple hormone test could measure how fast a woman’s biological clock is ticking and predict when she will no longer be able to have children. fa
For the first time ever researchers have been able to chart the levels of a vital fertility hormone in women of different ages. They compared hormone levels in 3,200 healthy women to show accurately how the range changed with age. The doctors claim they can use the results as a benchmark against which to measure others and show women when they are likely to go through the menopause and how long they will remain fertile.
The findings are revolutionary for women stressed about trying to establish a career before having babies, but also worried about aging out of an ideal range for pregnancy.
The test could also save couples expensive – but ultimately futile – in vitro fertilization treatments by predicting their chances of successful conception.
Very cool. Although I don’t know how much stock I’d put in a test. I mean, what if you delayed having children because the test said you’d hit menopause on the later tip, but then it turns out you just can’t get pregnant? That would totally suck. I’d rather see a track record of successful predictions before I base my family planning around a hormone test. What about you?