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Female Athletes and Their Reproductive Prime

Female Athletes Have It Harder Than Other Working Women?

Do the pangs of parenthood wear harder on female athletes? A recent report on women golfers explored why many professionals hold off on having children. It said:

A woman’s athletic prime and her peak child-bearing years are like carbon copy pages in her reproductive calendar. A woman’s fertility peaks in her mid-20s and declines sharply after the age of 35, a real conundrum for golfers, whose games, like the courses they play, take years to mature.

As a result, those who pursue their sport may end up seeking medical assistance to reproduce or have to forgo plans for biological children. Do you think this makes a career in athletics more of a sacrifice for women?

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