At what age do women stop getting pregnant

TICK TACK TICKWhat does the biological clock tick?

Tick ​​Tack ... Many women who want to have children hear it, this quiet ticking that says: "Your biological clock, my love!" But what is it, actually, about this ominous clock that brings us so out of step? And what's actually ticking? We felt the pointer of the biological clock.

Tick ​​Tack ... Do you sometimes secretly look up women with round baby bellies? Tick ​​Tack ... Do you stop in front of shop windows advertising tiny baby clothes? Tick ​​Tack ... Does the thought of family planning make you nervous? Tick ​​Tack ... And do you actually hear that too? This ticking? Is that the biological clock?

When it comes to having children, women of a certain age are often undecided. Although the media are proclaiming a new baby boom and it is suddenly hip and chic to have children again, there are many open questions and uncertainties: Do I want a baby? How much longer do I have for this? What will happen to your career after the birth? How do you come to terms with the new situation in life? Will you experience absolute fulfillment in the mother role or will you perish at home in a sloppy look? And why is this ticking so loud?

Biological clock: suddenly something is ticking

The biological clock is a phenomenon that is difficult to pin down. When women long for a child, become restless and wonder how much time they have left, the vernacular knows where the wind is blowing from: their biological clock is ticking.

For many women, the most difficult thing about pregnancy and the desire to have children is one thing above all: Finding the right time. Should you become a mother at an early age in order to get off to a flying start in your career in your early or mid-30s? Or do you prefer to wait until you've let off steam and have already made a career? Question after question. So it's no wonder that women are taking more and more time to answer the question of children. But mother nature throws them a spanner in the works. Because she has put a faint but agonizing ticking in the ear of many women that knocks pointer beat after hand beat on the natural mother instincts. With some it occurs earlier, with others later, but ultimately ticks with the same subtle certainty in all of them.

Hormonal reasons for the ticking?

Tick. Tack. There it is again. But while the biological clock knows how to make itself heard, we don't even know where this caustic ticking actually comes from. Even science is at a loss. Some biologists assume that the ticking has hormonal reasons and is triggered when the woman's fertility slowly declines. Our body then wants to signal to us with the ticking: "My dear, it is time to get pregnant, because it will soon be five to twelve".

The ticking is not entirely unjustified. The countdown to the end of fertility is on. Because under normal circumstances, women between the ages of 20 and 25 are most fertile. The likelihood of having a child decreases as early as your mid-20s and becoming a mother becomes much more difficult when you are over 35. The reasons for this lie in the limited number of egg cells a woman has available and which steadily decreases with age. But not only the quantity but also the quality of healthy egg cells decreases with increasing age.

However, female fertility is also influenced by various other factors. A healthy diet, little alcohol and the avoidance of nicotine favor female fertility and have postponed the onset of menopause.

Stress and overweight or underweight, on the other hand, have a negative effect and trigger the ticking of the biological clock earlier.

Men also hear the biological clock

But there are also theses that approach the phenomenon not from a hormonal, but from a social point of view. You blame the living conditions and framework conditions for what makes it tick. Many people feel an increased desire to have children when they are newly in love or when they are in an environment in which there are many young parents. If you have frequent contact with babies, you often notice that you don't have one yourself. And actually want one. This theory may also explain why even some men hear the biological clock ticking. And that although their fertility remains almost the same into old age.

Magic weapon medicine: tricking the ticking

Since we live in a time in which we have a solution for everything, there are of course also ways and means of simply tricking the biological clock. Because meanwhile, fertility is no longer just a question of age. Medicine helps the desire to have children in a variety of ways. Anyone who wants to calm down the urgent ticking with firmly established facts can have the gynecologist measure the number and nature of their individual cells - and thus the probability of pregnancy at an advanced age - using a blood test.

And otherwise, medicine is far from impossible: ovulation-inducing measures for targeted conception timing, artificial insemination and the preparation of male sperm are no longer rocket science. If you want to be on the safe side, you can also have your egg cells frozen. However, this complex and very costly procedure does not guarantee that fertilization in the laboratory will actually work at a later point in time.

You can find out more about artificial insemination in Switzerland in this article.

Profession, career ... and the biological clock

Today women are trained longer, have success at work and often strive for a career. Then family planning is a secondary issue for the time being. Many people only realize that time is of the essence when they can no longer get the ticking out of their heads and the body signals to them: Now or never.

More and more women who want to gain a foothold in their job and stand on their own two feet before they become pregnant are proving that it is often not too late. Not only in Hollywood do women start a family in their mid to late 30s or early 40s. The fact that women between 20 and 25 are most fertile no longer fits with many life plans. Therefore: We are allowed to hide the ticking from time to time. Because whether it is late family planning or the desire to have children at a young age: The decision to have a child and, above all, at what point in time is and remains a personal one. Ticking or not.

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