You might have seen yesterday the ‘breakthrough’ Adelaide fertility scientists have made in discovering exactly when your biological clock will stop ticking. It’s called ‘the egg timer test.’ Not to make fun of a serious topic but the name prompts me to ask the question; will I get a side serve of spinach with that? (of course leafy greens are essential for great health, high in Vitamin C and anti-oxidents and provide a serious fertility and reproductive boost!) Anyway, jokes aside and in case you missed it – check it out here:
Whilst this may be of use, especially to older women wishing to have children, it raises many questions for me as a natural fertility specialist.
The test is very limited in its findings since it only provides information of ovarian reserve – that is, how many potential eggs remain in the ovaries at that point in time and with this determine the age to which a woman will be fertile. But I know all too well – no two women are the same which means no two fertile women are the same.
There are so many factors in the fertility game – eggs just being one part of the puzzle and even then, if these eggs are of poor quality, that in itself must be addressed. The overall health of the woman (and her partner) is the number one, most important key to fertility. Unfortunately this test provides no insight to the quality of eggs, the reproductive organs (including the endometrium, uterus, fallopian tubes, cervix and ovaries), hormone health, the health of the male partner and overall health of the woman – ALL imperative when assessing the potential to reproduce.
My major concern is that this test will provide a false sense of security to women waiting to have children. The reporter indicates it may help women to know when the right time to have a baby is. I’m not quite sure how it may pinpoint this – the right time, again, is dependent on many factors. What it will show is when it will be too late. Anything before that expiry date relies on the condition of each individuals health.
I’ve said it time and time again – we can’t always stop the clock completely but we can indeed slow it right down, and in some instances we can turn it back. I’m sure you have seen television shows where you literally watch extremely unhealthy people turn back the clock and gain health – adding years onto their lives. We all have the ability to create positive lifestyle habits to increase fertility and preserve our youth. It isn’t necessarily an age thing – it’s a health thing. Same goes with fertility – it isn’t necessarily about age – it’s all about how the insides tick.
I want to encourage you to focus on preserving your health, fertility and youth rather than focusing on it running out. The results can only be good!
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on this hot topic. Would you find this test useful and why? I’m struggling to comprehend why Danielle James feels that (if you watch the video you can see the comments made in reference) this test is “as significant and (will have) a bigger impact on women’s empowerment and liberation since the contraceptive pill.” I feel if women are relying on a one facet test to provide insight into their reproductive health potential – they may be substantially missing key information, or on the flip-side be lead to believe they have missed the boat all together when really, under the right care they still have a great chance of conception.