Life, career, passions and problems, and poof! You’ve zipped through your 20s and your 30th birthday brings up all those Big Girl thoughts you’d stashed away in a mental dresser drawer. Children, at least, the physical process of giving birth to them, become Topic #1. If not for you, perhaps for your mother or girlfriends, and suddenly they’re move vocal about their opinions than before.
At this point, the words “biological clock” aren’t as boring as they used to be. If only there were a way to know how long your fertility will last.
Well, now there’s an app for that. Oregon developer Mira Kaddoura has created The Wonder Clock.
That’s the developer’s personal clock that’s featured on the website’s homepage. She supposedly has 9 years and some change left. How much juice (so to speak) is still in your ovaries? Only $1.99 to find out on your iPhone or other Apple product.
How does it work? Enter any woman’s birthdate and supposedly The Wonder Clock predicts the last day for babymaking before she’s only holding powdered eggs. Ms. Kaddoura explains that the clock is based on a “stop date” calculated to be “the age that is pushing the limit of being able to conceive naturally.” Generally, physicians and statisticians use age 44 as the average year when female fertility ends.
For sure, women in the throes of infertility, testing and treatments may never view The Wonder Clock as anything desirable. Do the rest of us really need such a tacky digital reproductive wake-up call?
Ms. Kaddoura has said she hopes the app will “open a dialogue with other women about fertility, empowerment, and loving ourselves.” In other words, she knows it’s not an accurate diagnosis; the real power of this app is the ability to keep women alert to the passage of time. It goes by really fast, especially when you’re not paying attention.
“We need the information to make good choices,” Ms. Kaddoura says. “I’m not the only one carrying this load on my back that time is slipping.”