Every year, you might blow the candles on your cake out and celebrate yet another year of growth. However, you’re not the only one aging; your body and organs all are! Let’s look at one organ specifically today – the ovary. What happens when the ovary ages?
Causes of ovarian aging
Ovarian age is determined through the number of eggs. The number of eggs a woman has in her body is determined at birth. New eggs will not be produced over the course of the woman’s lifetime.
As the ovary ages, the number of eggs declines. This decline might be accelerated by factors including but not limited to ovarian disorders or uterine diseases, extreme stress levels, an unbalanced diet, a cold body, and smoking. Once your eggs become of bad quality, die faster and decrease in number, there is no way to bring them back to life again. Keep yourself healthy and do what you can to prolong the life of your eggs even if you don’t have immediate plans to start a family – you don’t want to regret later on in life.
Signs of ovarian aging and how to test for it
Ovarian aging is not an illness in any way. Rather, this is a natural phenomenon that follows the course of nature and so there won’t be any pain nor subjective symptoms.
If you think there is something amiss with your menstruation period and your menstruation doesn’t come as usual or isn’t regular (for example, every 28 days), don’t be too happy that you don’t have to deal with it – it might be a sign that something isn’t right. Talk to your doctor. You might also want to do a check by getting an AMH test kit and going to the nearest clinic to get yourself tested.
Ovarian aging prevention tips
Lifestyle and dietary habits can help to prevent ovarian aging. Sufficient sleep, exercise, intake of vitamins and a balanced diet are factors contributing to a healthy lifestyle that can help slow the aging of the ovary.
What goes hand-in-hand with ovarian aging
1: Chances of getting pregnant decrease
For women in their 20s, their eggs are in good condition and there are fewer abnormalities in comparison to eggs of women in their late 30s. Eggs of women in their late 30s then to be a little less rounded and this makes it difficult for the eggs to not only receive sperms, it makes it difficult for them to undergo cell division and also implant themselves into the endometrium successfully. One’s chances of getting pregnant successfully thus decrease.
In comparison to the low percentage of infertility of women in their 20s, the relative percentage of infertility of women in their 40s is 60%. As one age, the aging ovarian means that the chances of a natural pregnancy decrease significantly.
2: Risk of miscarriage or congenital anomalies increases
When eggs age, the genetic material that they carry also begin to show signs of “wear and tear”. This increases the possibility of the fetus having chromosomal anomalies and as a result, natural pregnancy losses are high: about 10 to 15% of all pregnant women experience a miscarriage. This percentage rate increases to 20 to 40% once women are in their late 30s.
Even if the baby is delivered without any problems, the possibility of the baby having Down’s syndrome or other congenital defects due to chromosomal anomalies increases significantly as eggs age.
Plan for a family while taking ovarian aging into consideration
The current trend in many countries shows women putting childbirth to later in life after achieving financial stability or for other reasons. As a result, it isn’t uncommon for women to start thinking about starting a family in their late 30s or even in their 40s. Though science has its ways of helping those who want children be able to bear them, remember that it doesn’t work for everyone.
Ovarian aging is, like aging, a natural process that Man cannot stop completely. In the same way that Man cannot turn the hands of time back, even science cannot stop a woman’s biological clock from ticking away. If you want children, it might be wise to do so when the odds are in your favor.