For women who hope to have a child, age 35 can loom large in one’s mind. Worry and fear can surround this birthday, and while fertility does decrease at this age, it is by no means a firm and sure “sell by” date as societal and cultural messages tend to dictate. Which is why it was so refreshing to read a recent article in Self magazine that does an excellent job of allaying fertility fears that tend to crop up around this age. It’s a thorough step-by-step guide to what happens when, and why, detailing all the factors one needs to take into account when discussing fertility. In short, as the article states, it’s a matter of great “nuance.” In addition to defining Ovarian Reserve and Atresia, stressing the importance of egg quality over quantity, the article reminds us that the most common cause of infertility is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POS). And, most importantly, it leaves readers with ways to take control and plan: exercise, quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption. (All good ideas for one’s general health). It also sites a fascinating study of fertility from the 1800s which found that 80% of women after the age of 38 had at least one child. So, if the past is any indication, 35 is a birthday to be welcomed for it has the potential for future births.
Set aside your worries, and read the full article here: