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Could Your Biological Clock Be Wrong?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Tuesday, August 07, 2012 | 0 comments

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We have consistently believed that a woman is born with all the eggs she will have during her lifetime. Over every cycle eggs are produced and either fertilized or lost but there is a finite number, or so we thought.

Now there is a new theory which suggests that the ovaries do continue to produce eggs during adulthood – something that has never been considered before and could offer new hope for women. This is based on a new genetic study tracing the origins of immature egg cells, or ‘oocytes’, from the embryonic period right on into adulthood. It has been a given up to now that oocytes cannot be renewed in mammals after birth – you have what you were born with and no more. This leads women to being very aware that they have a time-frame in which to conceive and give birth and the older you are then the louder that biological clock can be heard ticking.


Clearly this is early stage research but does offer the future possibility that the biological clock could have a few more years than previously thought before it runs down. However, for women wanting to increase their chances of conception and a viable pregnancy the best option is still to ensure good progesterone levels as that is the most important element as its name suggests – pro meaning for and gest meaning life, it is about creating life.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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