GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Plenty of women talk about their biological clock. Now there's a new way women can actually find out if it's running out.
Women today are starting their families later than women in previous generations.
The University of Minnesota Physicians Reproductive Medicine Center began offering a brand new service on Tuesday for women who hope to eventually have children. It's called the BioClock Baby Plan fertility assessment. It helps estimate how much time is left on your biological clock. As women age, the chances of getting pregnant and having a successful pregnancy decrease. Yet, some young women may choose to postpone starting a family for many reasons, such as pursuing their career.
The new screening, which includes a family history, blood test and ultrasound, gives women a better idea of just how many years they may have to have a successful pregnancy.
University of Minnesota Reproductive Endocrinologist Dr. Theodore Nagel says it's a screening women in their early to mid-30s may want to consider.
"I think it's a question of an appraisal so that someone has that information to decide you know can I defer childbearing do I want to defer childbearing what's the role of my career my education etc. etc. and starting a family and having realistic expectations," said Dr. Nagel.
Dr. Nagel says he's seen many women in their late 30s to early 40s in tears because no one told them it's tougher to get pregnant later in life.
While counting a woman's eggs is not possible, the BioClock Baby Plan assessment can show how a woman's ovarian reserve compares to normal levels at her age. It can also show if there could be barriers to conceiving naturally, like having ovarian cysts.
The cost is $799. Insurance may cover some of it.
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