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18/06/2015 at 09:31
Hello,We’re wondering what you think of this new 12-year study, which tells us that women’s fertility "falls off a cliff" at 35. Meanwhile fertility experts are suggesting that celebs who become mums over the age of 40 are giving the rest of us false hope about our chances of conceiving in our late 30s and early 40s.
Lead researcher Dr Marta Devesa from Hospital Universitairo Quiron in Barcelona, says, "Women should be encouraged to have families earlier but, if you can't change society, then we should encourage them to freeze their eggs by 35". It was also suggested that some celeb mums who go on to have babies in their 40s might not be admitting they have used donor eggs.
Is it news to you that a woman’s fertility declines at 35? Whether it is or not, would you consider freezing your eggs if you haven't had a child by the age of 35? Do you think most women nowadays are in a position (financially or otherwise) to have had all their children by 35? And do you think that stories about older celebs mums, like Gwen Stefani (who had her most recent son at 44 – we assume naturally) mean lots of us may, mistakenly, think it's easier than it actually is to get pregnant once you're past the age of 35?
Do please let us know. We’d love to hear your views.
18/06/2015 at 14:35
I'd always heard it was harder to fall in your late 30s but didn't realise it was drastically difficult.
You know i've never really thought about celebs having a tough time getting preggers - though i did wonder why the likes of mariah carey and j-lo had twins - and maybe thought it was ivf as they both had theirs quite late in life.
To be fair tho, i've got my kids now (i'm 36) and although i'd love another, my hubby absolutely refuses. Doesn't mean he might not change his mind one day, but unlikely i'll be freezing my eggs. Wonder how much that costs to do anyway?
18/06/2015 at 17:50
I knew that fertility plummets at 35 but I think because we all know *of* someone who's had a baby after this age, we all think it'll be ok. I think people are struggling to find their partner until a bit later as well which puts everything back. It's so hard. I'm lucky I had my first at 28 and now I'm 9 weeks pregnant with number two and I'm 33. I've noticed it's harder this time round though. Getting pregnant is such a miracle in the first place I don't think we should mess around and wait too long. But if you haven't met your match, what can you do???
I think celebs are always trying to outdo each other and if they are using donor eggs, it's almost like a form of airbrushing to their life details!!
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