Women Can’t Rewind Their Biological Clocks
According to a study by Yale researchers which was published in a recent issue of Fertility and Sterility, many women do not appreciate the consequences of delaying pregnancy or motherhood. Women also expect that their aged ovarian function may be assisted by new reproductive technologies.
Dr. Pasquale Patrizio, professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Fertility Center mentioned that there is a misconception among women when it comes to fertility issues. There is also an alarming lack of basic knowledge about steps that women may take during their productive years to “preserve the possibility of conception later in life”.
Patrizio and his colleague have commented that more and more women at the age of 43 and older are asking for techniques to conceive, expecting that something miraculous can be done right away. Clients often become upset to learn that what they want to happen simply cannot be done.
There are many reasons why women delay pregnancy; it may be due to lack of financial stability, chosen career, choosing an appropriate partner and many other important reasons. These women are unaware that as they age, their ability to conceive becomes slimmer and slimmer unity they approach the period of menopause. There is a growing popularity of assisted technologies to assist women when it comes to infertility. According to the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies, there was an increase in the number of in-vitro fertilization cycles performed for women under the age of 35; there was also an increase in the incidence of IVF cycles for women aged 41 years and above.
Patrizio hopes that education can reduce age-related infertility. He believes that it is only through educating women can they be aware of the effects of aging on fertility and misconceptions can be totally eradicated.
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