Tick tock – is your biological clock ticking? The biological clock is a metaphor for the time frame of a woman’s fertility. With careers and egg-freezing technology, many women are hitting the snooze button! However, females are born with a finite supply of eggs, averaging between 1 and 2 million, which are shed as part of the monthly cycle. Once the eggs run out, menopause begins and the clock stops ticking.
While we usually can’t foresee when our bodies will become infertile, researchers in the United Kingdom have found a way to chart the levels of vital fertility hormones in women of varying ages. This new technology may revolutionize family planning by predicting when a woman is likely to begin menopause, which can help her plan on when to start trying to conceive.
Though modern medicine is making family planning more convenient, it’s important to remember that a woman’s ability to conceive declines substantially after her mid-30s, increasing the risk of miscarriage.