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Sniffing Out The Cliche “Your Biological Clock Is Ticking”

“Your Biological Clock is Ticking”,
Is this metaphor carrying a sexist hue?

The concept made its debut appearance on the front page of Metro Section, Washington Post on 16 March 1978 by the author, Richard Cohen. Who would have thought that the article “The Clock Is Ticking for the Career Woman” would start a revolution of its kind and become an inescapable entity?

What is the right age to get pregnant?

 Do you feel conned into thinking that a woman in her 30s should rush into planning a baby just because her biological clock is ticking? There are many theories involved when the question “what is the right time to have a baby?” is involved. And it certainly feels like a battle of two minds where no one seems to be winning.

Excited, anxious, nervous…… are some of the adjectives that you can use for a woman who is trying to conceive. Opting to start a family is a very personal choice but for women who are married for long and are establishing themselves in their career, the societal pressure put upon them to start a family adds an extra adjective to the list and that is “worried”.

What Happens When We Age?

It’s a well-documented fact that fertility declines with age. There is a shift after the age of 38, and a more dramatic decline after 42 years since the number of healthy, chromosomally normal eggs produced are decreased. A decline is seen in the body’s ability to nurture the eggs as they mature as well.

There are lots of factors that should be taken into account if you are planning a baby in 30s. The research, however, suggests that it is always better to opt for pregnancy in the early 30s than in the late 30s when conceiving gets difficult.

Pros about Pregnancy in the 30s:

  • The 30s is the age when you are already or almost settling in a successful career.
  • If you are financially stable it is the perfect time to get pregnant.
  • You will be more at ease since you’re otherwise financially and emotionally prepared to welcome the new addition to your family.
  • You are more energetic and full of stamina in your 30s which can be said as the perfect time to nourish a baby in your womb.
  • There are more chances of conceiving twins or multiples around the 30s since the levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) grow as you age.


Cons about Pregnancy in the 30s:

  • The biological clock is already ticking and your time is running out as you are already 30.
  • There is a drop in the quality of eggs after the age of 30.
  • The chances of you getting pregnant in your 30s are high but not as effective as it would have been in your 20s
  • As you cross the 35 age mark the odds of conceiving get even lower.
  • The threat of miscarriage after 30 is more likely than in the 20s.
  • Post 35, there is a risk of suffering multiple complications such as ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, low birth weight babies and premature delivery.
  • The possibility of fetal abnormalities such as Down’s syndrome is higher after 35.


Planning a pregnancy after 30, here is what you should consider doing:

  • Consult your doctor and get a full gynecological checkup done before trying to conceive. It includes checking for irregular periods, sexually transmitted diseases, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and fibroids.
  • If you are already over 35 and still not able to conceive without the use of contraception for over a year, further blood tests may be required to check for genetic abnormalities or inhibitors.
  • On advice for an IVF seek immediate medical advice at the earliest once you know you have trouble getting pregnant the natural way.


Make necessary changes to your lifestyle and pay keen attention to eating healthy, think positive since this will increase your chances of getting pregnant.



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