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Want Kids? The Sooner the Better: 90 Percent of Eggs Gone by Age 30

by Gina Salamone,  New York Daily News,  Jan 29, 2010
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Women who want kids shouldn’t wait too long.

Females have already lost about 90 percent of their eggs by the time they hit 30, according to a new study by the University of St. Andrews and Edinburgh University in Scotland.

“Women lose eggs a lot faster than we thought,” Dr. Marie Savard, a “Good Morning America” medical contributor, said on the ABC News show. “[Conceiving is] much more difficult [as you age]. Even all those assisted reproductive techniques are challenges.

“That biological clock does tick,” she added.

The study looked at 325 women of different ages in the U.S., U.K., and other parts of Europe. By age 40, only three percent of ovarian eggs remain, researchers determined. And not only do women run out of eggs at a certain point, making it difficult to conceive, but the quality of eggs also deteriorates. Read more.

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