It’s exciting times in the world of fertility. In the last week or so, there have been some significant announcements which will be of interest to a lot of women.
First of all (as previously mentioned on the blog, but it’s so good, we’re going to say it again!) there was news that a 28 year old woman in Belgium had given birth to a child after doctors had restored her fertility using frozen ovary tissue which was removed when she was 13 and about to undergo chemotherapy.
Aside from the fact that doctors could produce a live pregnancy from tissue that had been frozen for so long, it is heartening that her medical team had the foresight 15 years ago (which is a long time ago in the fertility world), to remove and preserve an ovary. Even now, many cancer teams are not geared up to thinking about a woman’s future fertility, so it is brilliant that her doctors did think about it and it has had such a positive outcome.
Then we have had the results of a study, which was the largest and most detailed of its kind, which shows that women trying to have a baby at 44 are 18 times less likely to succeed as when they are just six years younger. This study, reinforces the ‘fertility falling off a cliff edge’ theory which is regularly quoted. Of course, this is different for all women, which is why it is so important for women to discover their fertility status and to track it year-on-year. They need to know what their future fertility is likely to be instead of just assuming that it will wait until they get to the right level in their career, and the right house (assuming they have found Mr Right of course – although maybe Mr Very Nice will actually do the trick…)
And the other piece of interesting news, is that having an early or late puberty can have an impact on a host of serious illnesses later in life. This research is still in its infancy, but researchers have found that the timing of the onset of puberty could affect your risk of contracting nearly 48 separate conditions, and that having an early puberty increased the odds of Type 2 Diabetes by 50%. Although these risks are linked to hormonal changes, the exact link has not been established but it’s clear that there is a link between your hormonal levels and your general health.
Here at Fertile Matters, we have always maintained that women are meant to be fertile and that if you’re not, this could be indicative of a number of underlying health issues. So checking your future fertility is not just about having babies, it’s about overall health.
So, as the French would say, “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” (the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing) – we keep making exciting discoveries about fertility and our hormones, but it keeps coming back to the same thing, which is, we are designed to be fertile, and women need to ensure that they are, and not to keep putting off babies until it’s too late, because ‘too late’ is different for every couple.
As a society, particularly in the West, we must start thinking about Future Fertility!
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