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Test to Determine Fertility

Would You Delay Having Babies If You Knew You Could?

While women may fret over recent findings that only 12 percent of a woman's eggs are left at the age of 30 and three percent at 40, a new test may help them decide when to start trying to conceive.

Australian researchers have developed a simple hormone test, called the "egg timer," to detect the number of eggs in the ovaries. The test, which will only cost $58, will let women know if their egg supply is dwindling at unusually fast rates and if they are at risk for premature menopause. According to the developers behind the test, it will be particularly helpful for those women who have gone through cancer treatments or ovarian surgeries, helping them plan fertility treatments.

The groundbreaking test could help younger women make different decisions about when they want to start a family. If you knew your egg supply was healthy, would you delay having babies until you were older?

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lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 7 years
Lawchick, GOOD LUCK!!! You'll get there :) And I think you are right. Some people need to wait to make sure they are really ready for kids and that's ok. Commendable I think. Starbucks, no offense taken, just saying that there are a lot of people (especially type A "planners" like me) who contemplate this stuff for a long time before making that leap. At age 22 (when you had your kiddo), I was very much not ready for kids. I was in grad school, hadn't met the husband yet and was quite immature really!
lawchick lawchick 7 years
I'm 31 and have been trying for a year and a half (on round 4 of drugs). It's tempting to say we would've started trying earlier (like late 20s) if we knew we would have problems, but realistically, the reason we didn't do it then is that we weren't financially or emotionally prepared.
jenni5 jenni5 7 years
I wouldn't wait. I can barely keep up with my kids at 30....I can't imagine having kids at 50.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
I certainly would wait. I am sometimes worried whether or not I'll be mature enough to have kids by the time I should. I feel like I still have so much to learn.
jessielynn657 jessielynn657 7 years
you have millions of eggs, 12% is still more than you think.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
i LOVE that photo!
MissSushi MissSushi 7 years
We wouldn't have. We wanted kids young despite the difficulties, say with finances, because we want to be younger when they are older. Plus my husband is 7 years older then me and into his 30s. I don't think i would have waited anyway though, it took us over 2 years each time and i've known my entire life I wanted children. The risk of getting older and adding fertility struggles on top of whatever issues we alreayd have, we've never gone in for any testing yet, is just a bit too scary for me.
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I didn't mean to be insensitive, Jenn. I know fertility is a very touchy topic. The thought just never crossed my mind.
lawyerjenn lawyerjenn 7 years
Starbucks...yes. I was 29 when my husband and I tried and we were very lucky...pregnant on the first try. I would have remained kid free, with just my hubby and I and two incomes for several more years. BUT I was afraid of procrasinating kids for too long and then dealing with fertility issues. That had happened to way too many people I knew. Of course, we tried with the understanding that if it happened we'd be excited and OF COURSE, our little man has been the best thing EVER!!! But we probably would have waited a couple more years if someone could 100% tell us we had more time. That the trouble is that even with this test...nothing is for sure. Planning the right time for a family is always tough because there are just a lot of dynamics in play!
starbucks2 starbucks2 7 years
I find this to be an odd question. Do people really have children, although they'd rather wait, because the fear their fertility will change? I was 22 when my little surprise made her debut, so I never thought about these things.
skigurl skigurl 7 years
no, i think when we're ready we will be ready, and it will come at a time before my biological clock starts ticking fast i also think it's nice to be younger parents...even if age didn't matter biologically, i wouldn't want to be in my 60s or 70s when my child was still in highschool
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