Twenty Percent of Women in U.S. Begin Families After Age 35

by Colette Moran

And many OB-GYNs are warning their patients that may be too late. Too many women over 35 seem to believe that having their first child will be no problem.

Doctors say advances in fertility treatments and media coverage of women conceiving in their 40s and even 50s have led some people to believe they can beat the biological clock. And though more women are pursuing fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization, using egg donors and freezing eggs and embryos, experts note that such procedures are expensive, rarely covered by insurance, and offer no guarantee for conception…

“I hear many people say 40 is the new 30. But not reproductively, it’s not the new 30,” says Cynthia Austin, medical director of in vitro fertilization at the Cleveland Clinic. “Our ovaries are aging at the same rate they did 50 years ago.”

Genetics largely determine which women will still be fertile at 40 and which ones won’t. “Fertility is absolutely a wild card,” says Laurie Green, an OB-GYN in San Francisco. “At 30 I start talking to patients. I always tell them that we don’t have a crystal ball, we don’t know who is going to be fertile and who is not.”

The article also explains the increase in genetic abnormalties as women age, and how more and more younger career women are choosing to freeze their eggs at over $10,000 for the procedure.

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