Breaking: Your Biological Clock Is Real, Says a Fertility Expert

At a recent breakfast with the Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, one of the fertility experts spoke about hating the term, "biological clock," saying that she denied it and its truth throughout medical school. Surprised by this, I waited for her to unleash the groundbreaking news that the term is just a scare tactic, but this moment never came.

"The biological clock is a real thing," she said as all of our faces subsequently fell.

In fact, a woman reaches peak fertility in her early to mid-20s—sad news for those of us focused on our careers or just not ready or able to have a child in our 20s, which seems to be the norm for generations Y and Z: Since 2000, more women have been having children after age 35.  But this isn't to say that you're doomed post-20s—women over 35 are certainly capable of birthing a healthy baby (and being a healthy pregnant woman). However, the risks do heighten as you age, such as the likelihood of needing a C-section, increased blood pressure, and a greater possibility of having a premature birth or a miscarriage. On the other end of the spectrum, a recent study did find a correlation between a higher maternal age and health of the baby: From 2001 to 2007, tens of thousands of UK children were evaluated up to age 5, and the older the mothers were at the time of birth, the less likely the child was to require medical attention or have health issues. In other words, there's a give and a take with giving birth in your 30s and 40s.

Also, freezing your eggs is quite expensive—I learned at the breakfast that it can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $12,000 plus an annual storage fee of $600 to $800, and insurance doesn't cover it (unless the patient has cancer), so it's not always a feasible choice. But we come bearing good news: Shefali Shastri, MD, gave us some insight on steps you can take, in terms of diet and lifestyle, to be more fertile.

Bur first, she shared some important information on infertility. Keep scrolling for more info.


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