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Would Better Fertility Information Affect Your Career Path?

Would Better Fertility Info Affect Your Career Choices?

How often have you heard women say, "I'm not getting any younger," in relation to her biological clock? While it's true that a woman's ability to conceive becomes more difficult with age, a new hormone test awaiting FDA approval gages fertility in a way that measures the health of a woman's eggs. The Wall Street Journal article focusing on these tests says "the delay in childbearing, fueled in part by the strides women have made in the workplace, has led to more fertility interventions as women age."

It also notes that doctors expect more women will undergo these tests during their childbearing years to get a "benchmark of their fertility." If you knew that you had a larger fertility window, would it affect the path you've chosen for your career?

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andrennabird andrennabird 8 years
While I haven't let me fertility (or possible lack thereof) dictate my career moves, I have thought about it a lot. I've known many women attorneys who have a hard time getting pregnant once their career reaches a place where they are ready for children. I am more willing to risk having pregnancy difficulties than putting my career on hold until after children. That said, I would like to know what status my eggs are in, just for a sound mind until I reach the point when I'm ready for children.
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 8 years
i've always said that i'll have a kid after i'm 30. so far, it doesn't look like that's going to be a problem, and for the time being, i'm enjoying my life and work, diaper- and puke-free.
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
my fertility choices are more dictated by my marriage status than my career. i say go for it with your career and let family planning be a natural thing and not some perfectly planned interruption.
ALSW ALSW 8 years
It's never been something that I worried about. Right now, I'm more focused on other things and eventually, when the timing is better for ME (not my fertility) then I'll have a baby.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Not worried. I need to be ready and stable not just financially in a comfortable place but mentally, emotionally, and health wise.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
Nah- I guess I don't really worry about it now. I am not on a 'baby timeline' or anything. If it's meant to be, it will work out I guess. For now, my career is first.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 8 years
Very True Syako. So many women try to rush having children and when they do they are not prepared for it at all and then they have such a hard time dealing with the switch to having children. Raising a child is HARD work and shouldn't be taken lightly.
syako syako 8 years
I voted other. I do think it's interesting, though, that they will be able to tell. But to be honest, I'm waiting until I'm ready anyhow, I'm not going to rush to have a child just because of some window. I'd rather be ready and be a responsible parent and have a child then, than just rush to get it over with, you know?
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