A fascinating article has just appeared in New Scientist which details some recent research by Marcelle Cedars at the University of California, San Francisco, which shows how the number of eggs in a woman's ovaries could tell a lot more than just how fertile she is – it may also indicate how fast her cells are ageing and, in particular, reflect her risk of developing heart disease.

At Fertile Matters we advocate that women should be proactive in finding out about their fertility and tracking it, not just as a reassurance that they will be able to have children, but also as an indicator of overall health and wellbeing.

Marcelle Cedars’ team found that there was a link between the ageing process of the ovaries and heart disease and a host of other serious illnesses.

"It is a very promising hypothesis that reproductive ageing could serve as a window into cardiovascular health and the cellular aging process," says JoAnn Manson, an epidemiologist at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

This exciting research confirms our view that women should have their fertility tested and tracked as part of their overall health awareness, just in the same way that you would go to a optometrist, a dentist or a doctor for a screening in other health areas.

You can read the full article here