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Posted by: REENA | 2004/11/24

TESTS

Please note that i am 36years old,is there any medical tests that i can take to check up to when i can have babies.Basically how much of time do i have.

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The best thing is to try to conceive. You only need tests if you cannot conceive.Many women at your age conceive with no problems. Golly's information about ovarian reserve is correct.

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Posted by: Golly | 2004/11/24

Reena,

I have read that some research study overseas has developed a very intricate method of determining a woman's 'ovarian reserve'. This helps to determine how long she will remain fertile. It is based on when you started menstruating and at what age your mother went through menopause. It also includes several health and lifestyle factors.

Apparently it is not so much the quantity as the quality that matters. So even if you have adequate ovarian reserves, the quality of the eggs declines after 35. Unfotunately, eggs can not be frozen as is done with sperm. Only fertilised eggs can be preserved.

At best, it is speculative how much time you have, making the decision about postponing a family very tough. In the end we have to live with the choices we made. Should you be unable to have children of your own, there is still surrogacy and adoption (if you could accept that as a possibility).

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