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Scrambled Eggs – Fertility After 40 On The Rise

babyimagen.jpgScrambled Eggs – Fertile After 40? You Bet! 

I was feeling some kind of way when a scientific study said no over 35 year old eggs need apply, but a recent CDC study shows births after age 40 are on the rise. 

Scrambled Eggs: New CDC Study Says Births Among Women Over 40 Are Rising

 


Lately, I’ve been feeling like some sort of fertility fossil.

A few weeks ago, I was thumbing through a magazine while waiting in the doctor’s office and I came across an ad looking for women to get paid for giving their eggs.

 

Hey, we are in a recession and almost all money making ideas are up for consideration. I have no plans on using any more of my eggs anyway.

But before I could even snap myself back to reality, there it was in large bold print: Only women under age 35.

What?

My eggs were no good. I couldn’t believe it. I consider my eggs to be very much like their host—sassy, lively, knows how to dance a mean salsa, and can still rock a pair of 4-inch stilettos.

 

But to the medical science field, I might as well have had dinosaur eggs.
I couldn’t believe that women at my age were unwanted for fertility.
That’s why I was so excited to see a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control stating that births among women over 40 are on the rise. While the rates for teen mothers and women in their 20s and 30s declined in 2008, likely due to the recession, the birth rate for women in their early 40s rose a surprising 4 percent over the previous year.

 

Who said our 35 years-plus eggs aren’t worth anything?
I mean, Halle Berry had her first child at 41. And Jennifer Lopez popped out twins at age 38.


In her book, Ready: Why Women are Embracing the New Later Motherhood, the author, Elizabeth Gregory argues that older mothers are usually more emotionally able to deal with motherhood and had more life experience to turn into hands-on mothering moxie. Gregory, who heads the Women’s Studies Department at the University of Houston, also found that older mothers were more likely to be married (85%) and were in more stable relationships.

More importantly, the data speaks to an empowering trend of women waiting on motherhood. In the mid to late 50’s the median age for marriage was 19. Today, women are in no great hurry to marry or have children. We are choosing to fulfill their career goals first or build stable relationships. We are no longer victims to that “ticking clock” mentality, heck, advances in science have given us a whole new clock! One that’s on our time.

 

You may not want my eggs Mr. Scientific Study Looking to Pay, but I know I can still experience motherhood, even at my age, if I ever choose to do so.

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