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The biological clock really is unstoppable

Apr 11th, 2012
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A woman's biological clock is more powerful than most women realize, researchers say. While advances in reproductive medicine -- such as in vitro fertilization and even the newer science of egg freezing -- have supplied women with more alternatives for baby-making, scientists have not found a way to slow or delay the biological clock. And they probably won't any time soon, said researchers in a recent article in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

"There is an alarming misconception about fertility among women," said Dr. Pasquale Patrizio, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine. "We also found a lack of knowledge about the steps women can take early in their reproductive years to preserve the possibility of conception later in life."

Women in their 40s, however fit and healthy, shouldn't assume they can have a baby using their own eggs, Patrizio said. Some succeed, but many fail.

Women who plan on delaying childbearing should consider egg freezing or plan on using donor eggs, she said.

"There is an urgent need to educate women that reproductive aging is irreversible and, more importantly, that there are options to safeguard against the risk of future infertility," Patrizio said. "Doctors and health professionals must begin the discussion about fertility preservation in their patients and make certain that young women truly understand all their options."