Doctors have recently revealed how just six years can reduce your chances of having children by ten times in an attempt to convince women to stop putting off motherhood.
From the age of 37 to the age of 43 it becomes ten times harder to conceive a child, due to the number of eggs needed for pregnancy, according to doctors. The number of eggs needed after those six years rises exponentially from 4.4 on average when you are 37 to 44 when you are 43.
Nearly half of all babies born in the US are now born to women over the age of 30, as career and the hunt for ‘the one’ with whom we wish to spend our lives take over our desires for motherhood. While most women desire a family one day, they admit that other factors are more important in their lives before the commit themselves to having a child.
Researcher Meredith Brower found that because the typical woman produces one egg every month, it would take on average 4 months for a woman aged 37 to become pregnant, while it could take up to 4 years for the same woman aged six years older to conceive a child. Aged less than 35 years, it would typically take a woman 15 weeks to create a healthy embryo, showing the dramatic change in a woman’s reproductive system in less than ten years.
Ms Brower urged all women over the age of 35 to freeze their eggs as soon as possible in order to extend the deadline with which they are battling. This research has responded to nationwide concern that women are leaving having children too late, and risk heartbreak at discovering they are infertile when it is too late to do anything about it. Freezing eggs while they are still at an ideal age for conception will allow women to continue searching for the perfect partner or striving to gain as much from their career as possible before taking a break to enjoy their family.
Controversially, companies in the US have begun paying their female staff to have their eggs frozen in a move which is aimed at increasing or steadying the numbers of female workers in companies such as Apple and Facebook. This perk, given only to employees in the US offices, will allow women to concentrate on their professions without losing their chances of having children at a later date. This move could be seen from both a compassionate and a selfish angle as businesses seek to help women achieve all of their dreams, but also seek to achieve their own objectives when it comes to workers and staff numbers.