Thirty-something women ‘should freeze their eggs before it’s too late’

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Thirty-something women ‘should freeze their eggs before it’s too late’
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Revisiting Point #4 from the Original Forbes Article.

Don’t Marry Career Women because …

4. You are much less likely to have kids.

According to the National Marriage Project, the incidence of childlessness is growing across the socioeconomic scale. In 2004, 20% of women over 40 remained childless. Thirty years ago that figure was 10%. But the problem–and it is a problem because the vast majority of women desire children–is much more extreme for career women. According to Sylvia Ann Hewlett, an economist and the author of Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, only 51% of ultra-achieving women (those earning more than $100,000 a year) have had children by age 40. Among comparable men, the figure was 81%. A third of less successful working women (earning either $55,000 or $65,000) were also childless at age 40.

Sources: The State of Our Unions 2006: Life Without Children, The National Marriage Project, July 2006. Creating a Life: Professional Women and the Quest for Children, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Miramax Books, 2002.


This is really just another way of saying “Don’t Marry Career Women”.

Thirty-something women ‘should freeze their eggs before it’s too late’

Women in their 30s who delay motherhood should freeze their eggs before they leave it too late to have children, a fertility expert has warned.

Dr Gillian Lockwood said the “Bridget Jones” generation of single women should consider putting their eggs “on ice” for future use.

Otherwise they may reach an age when they find that their best childbearing years have already passed them by.

Critics, however, have questioned the value of freezing eggs to beat a woman’s biological clock.

They say women should be encouraged to have their children younger instead of putting off starting a family for ‘lifestyle reasons’.

The technique which allows women to store healthy eggs until they want to conceive, was originally introduced to help women undergoing cancer treatment which can rob them of their fertility.

But increasing numbers of women appear to be turning to it as a way of delaying motherhood until their late 30s or early 40s to concentrate on their career or to wait until they have more financial stability.

Dr Lockwood, director of the Midlands Fertility Services clinic in Birmingham said: “There’s nothing worse than having a women in her 40s and having to tell her she’s missed the boat.

“Today’s women, because they look and feel so young in their late 30s and early 40s, presume they have the same reproductive potential.

“But what determines the chance of a healthy pregnancy is the age of a woman’s eggs.

“Women in their 30s who may want children in future should be encouraged to consider freezing their eggs for future use.

“I’d much rather that a 42 year old woman used healthy frozen eggs from her 30s than she took a chance on her ‘time-expired’ eggs from her 40s.”

A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have, meaning they age at the same rate she does.

According to Dr Lockwood, by the time a woman is 40-years-old, half her eggs will be chromosomally abnormal.

Women in their 40s also have a 30 to 40 per cent greater chance of miscarriage than women in their early 30s and the risk of Down’s syndrome through natural conception is significantly higher.

Speaking ahead of her talk to the British Fertility Society conference in Glasgow, Dr Lockwood, added: “The last thing I want to do is to encourage any young woman who wants to be a mother and is in a position to do so from starting a family because she thinks technology will save her.

“But a lot of women in their early to mid-30s want to become mothers but are not in a position to do it now – such as those who have not met the right partner, who care for elderly parents or who are in a poor financial position.

“I think it’s important that they know this technology is available.”

According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) there are 32 clinics in the UK licensed to harvest and store eggs but only about 10 offer a full service.

Women undergoing cancer treatment that may affect their fertility are allowed to put their eggs “on ice” on the NHS.

But women who want to freeze their eggs for lifestyle reasons have to pay privately, with the cost being anything from around £2,000.

Eggs can generally be stored for around 10 years, with the cost of storage running at about £100 a year.

The latest figures from the HFEA show that between 1999 and 2004, 185 women stored their eggs.

However so far the technique has resulted in just four live births in the UK while the success rate stands at around just 10 per cent.

Josephine Quintavalle, of the pro-life group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said yesterday: “I think this is an extraordinary proposal.

“Apart from the possible dangers of the procedure, we would do better to encourage women to get married earlier and wake up to the fact their fertility declines with age.”

Dr Melanie Davies, from University College London, repeated calls that women should to be given more information about their fertility.

She said: “For the first time ever, the number of women giving birth in their 30s has overtaken births to younger woman.

“Women are increasing relying on sustained fertility, or on the safety net of assisted conception.

“However, although assisted conception can help in many cases, women will still run up against declining fertility with age.

“Perhaps the education system needs to take responsibility for this. There are very few decisions more important than having children, and women need to have information on the consequences of delaying pregnancy so that they can make the best choices.”

“With women or the female mindset imparted through feminization on the vast majority of society, it will be very easy to control the Empire…I mean…the republic.” –

09-07-2006 01:59 PM

Re: Thirty-something women ‘should freeze their eggs before it’s too late’
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Children of young mothers live longer than others born to women half way dead. Young women’s cells are ready for action, and ready to make babies.

Babies of women born while she was busy being Super Biotch pushing papers for their Corporate Pimp, and waiting until she was 40, their babies will have more complications, higher chances of disease and the like and die sooner than those born to young women, with empowered husbands.

Women have been proving for the last 30 years that men have been right for the last 30 centuries!

09-07-2006 02:09 PM

Re: Thirty-something women ‘should freeze their eggs before it’s too late’
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This kind of thing is why I told hubby that If I didn’t have my first child by 25, I wasn’t having any. I had my first at 24 and my 2nd at 29. A woman’s fertility is at its absolute peak by age 27 and it drops sharply after that. Not to mention the increased risk for chromosomal abnormalities such as downs and the deadly trisomy abnormalities. And I am glad I didn’t wait. Even with having kids that young, it took me almost 5 years to get pregnant (Yes,  I was a young bride, I got married at 19. 12 years! Geesh! Where did the time go?)  If I had waitind I might never have gotten pregnant. Not exactly a fecund earth goddess.

Pair that with the new studies pointing the increase in autism case to older fathers and I am doubly glad I had my children young.

And the cherry on top. Why in the world would I want to be dealing with teenagers when I am in my 60’s!?!?! No thank you. I want to be enjoying my grandbabies, not my kids at that point.

09-07-2006 02:53 PM

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