Forty may be the new 30, but try telling that to your ovaries.
I can’t be the only Boomer babe wondering, haven’t I seen this movie before? The women’s mags were full of biological clock confessions and scary tales that said maybe your uterus won’t let you “have it all” no matter what you’d planned.
And yet, here we are in 2011 with this from a 45-y/o jewelry designer:
“Everyone in my life told me how young I looked for my age, I assumed it was the same on the inside as it was on the outside.”
Silly me, I figured if we can have commercials on non-cable TV urging women to have a “happy period,” I guess I thought there was better understanding of basic reproductory truths.
Chances are that we’re most fertile at exactly the age kids are the last thing on our agenda. From the time of her first period, a woman regularly loses eggs from her ovaries. There are no replacements, and the eggs that remain get…old. This graph from Babycenter.com tells the story:
Just as an unplanned pregnancy can lead to a surprise baby, old eggs can lead to unplanned childfree living. Just as babies “shouldn’t” come into the world unloved and unwanted, women shouldn’t wake up one day and realize they forgot to have children. Likewise, there’s certainly no good reason to give birth at 25 because someone “told” you to.
How old are you? What do you want in your life? Here’s to living with intention.