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Ninety Percent of a Woman's Eggs Gone By 30

Should Women Hold Out for a Partner or Just Get Pregnant?

Thirty may seem like the new 20, but not when it comes to a woman's fertility. According to new research, the odds are stacked against women who hold out to have children, particularly those who wait until they are in their 30s and 40s. One report said:

The study published by the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University in Scotland found that women have lost 90 percent of their eggs by the time they are 30 years old, and only have about 3 percent remaining by the time they are 40.

Females are born with all of the eggs they will ever have, so Dr. Marie Savard, GMA's medical contributor, advises women to take good care of them by not smoking and staying fit. Many women panic about missing the opportunity to be a mother, but raising children is not a whim decision or easy to do alone. If a woman's clock is ticking, do you think she should go ahead and get pregnant or hold out for a partner?

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macneil macneil 7 years
Great posts.
macneil macneil 7 years
"who is trying to scare anyone into having babies?!" Good question! But right wing newspapers, like Britain's Daily Mail routinely run stories every day that warn against having babies too late, being a working mother etc. One wonders why it's in their interests to set this agenda when most of their readers are female, or why it's a good idea for them to run women hating pieces documenting women's weight gain and loss. But they still do. I guess a lot of women like to read bad news.
macneil macneil 7 years
There's a likelihood that people who struggled in their late 20s may very well have struggled in their early 20s or even late teens. Not everyone finds it easy to conceive, and there are lots of very young couples struggling with infertility. It is not just about running out of eggs! To tell women oh, you're 30, you only have 10% of your eggs left, and those are unhealthy eggs, is also NOT a realistic representation of the state of MOST women's fertility age 30. A huge proportion of the women who get naturally pregnant every day are in their 30s. We know it is easier to get pregnant before the age of 35. To push that forward to 30? I think that's unnecessary. As people have been saying, making a baby should be about love, not panic.
simbaspaws simbaspaws 7 years
This is not the only study that has been done on this and I do think that nowdays women have this false sense of having a lot of time when it comes to having a baby. I am not saying it is impossble, but please be realistic. I know peope who have struggled i their late 20's already and a lot who struggled with getting pregnant in their early and late 30's. My life situation has made it possible for me to get pregnant in my late 20's, but this was good timing for me and I do understand that it might not be this way for everyone. But people have to be a little bit more realistic and not ignore the facts of life or possibly pay thousands of dollars for treatments later on, bc they think they have so much time.
grablife365 grablife365 7 years
Don't ever have a baby out of panic. That is the wrong reason to do it. I think the whole bio clock ticking crap should be done away with. It gives women an unneeded fear. What you should do is go by your body, your readiness and your ability. Leave this "oh no your eggs!" junk out of it.
KrisB KrisB 7 years
Women should do what they want and not let stupid studies rush them into any life changing decisions in fear of their "biological clock". There is more to life than birthing babies before you're 30 and there is nothing wrong if you do. Having being raised by a single mother I know I wouldn't make the choice to have a baby alone. Raising children is hard and a lot more difficult on your own.
Studio16 Studio16 7 years
I can't see why anyone would willingly have a baby alone. And this is just one study. Infertility treatment is just making women paranoid lately. Chemicals in furniture are causing infertility? Women who ride in cars without seatbelts are going to have a hard time getting pregnant? Seriously?
cordata cordata 7 years
I just turned 26, and this article is scary even for me to read! I'm no where near marriage, and may not be for quite some time. I think it would be a bit ridiculous to go out and get pregnant with no partner and no serious financial plan to take care of a baby. I hate these scare tactics.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
Depends on what the woman wants. I don't think I would ever want to have a child alone but I guess if i was getting close to 40 maybe I would consider it. I think plenty of women have no issues in their 30's though. Was this study actually conducted by the university or an invitro clinic.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i guess if she really wants to. ladies are right this study is scary! surprising and scary
x3Lorelei x3Lorelei 7 years
My mother had me at my 38, my younger sister at 39. We both repeatedly were at the top of our class growing up, so I wouldn't count on any birth defects. The world is overpopulated as it is, and then there's in vitro fertilization (which is just oh so wrong). A woman shouldn't be so selfish as to view bringing another human being into this world as another check on her to do list before she dies. A baby should be created by a loving man and woman who plan on raising it together (if the woman can help it, sometimes things don't always go your way).
filmgirl81 filmgirl81 7 years
This study is just scaring people. i read the comments in the article, and felt much better after. I'm just going to keep being healthy and stress free, and hope when I'm in my 30s, those 100k or so eggs I have left will be put to work
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