During my daily peruse of CNN.com, I came across a very interesting article titled -- The 'Big Lie' in Putting Off Pregnancy. Of course, I was intrigued so I dove in. After reading the second paragraph, I wanted to give Tanaya Selvaratnam, author of The Big Lie: Motherhood, Feminism and the Reality of the Biological Clock, the world's biggest high five!
|*graph from Management of the Infertile Woman|
You should definitely check out the article, but here are a few thought-provoking quotes:
- "Forty may be the new 30, but our ovaries have not gotten the same makeover. Even with all the advances in reproductive technology, our eggs have a finite shelf life and the odds of having a child over 40 years old are shockingly slim."
- "According to the Southern California Center for Reproductive Medicine, a woman in her 20's has a 20-25% chance of conceiving naturally per menstrual cycle. In her early 30's, the chance of pregnancy is 15% per cycle. After 35, the odds of pregnancy without medical intervention are at 10%. After 40, that number falls to 5%, and women after 45 have a 1% chance of conception."
- "18% of women in the United States don't have children by the end of their childbearing years."
- "The single most important factor affecting the chances of a successful pregnancy through Assisted Reproductive Technologies is a woman's age."
The next thing on my to do list? Read Tanya's book. Looking forward to it!