If there is one thing women feel it is the tick tock of that maternal clock. For some women it starts around the mid-20s or early 30s. For other women it starts much later – closer to 40. No matter when it starts in your mind, your body has a very different idea. The maternal clock is that internal timer that winds down around 50 years of age. Eggs are all used up and there is no need for estrogen and other reproductive hormones. That maternal clock does not care if you’ve made your first million or if you are stable in your career or relationship. Nature has nothing to do with desire – when it comes to fertility.
When should women worry about maternal clock?
There should never be a worry about your maternal clock. Worry-induced stress can cause a plethora of problems for women, including infertility. However, if you’re in your 30s and you’ve not made a move to settle down and start a family and that is on your life path you may want to consider where you need to be within the next two to five years in terms of starting that family.
With age comes a greater risk of fertility problems. Those problems could lead to treatments that cost tens of thousands of dollars. Some couples spend in excess of $200,000 in an attempt to conceive naturally. That is not to say that trying to start a family earlier will increase your chances of naturally conceiving, but younger women often have fewer fertility problems than older women.
There are options for women who want to conceive but have not found the right partner – sperm donation being the most common, but not all women need to start worrying just because they’ve not found a partner by 30. Take your time in love and romance, but remember that your maternal clock keeps moving constantly.