I’m not sure Mommie Daze is a legitimate anything.
Usually I just delete the press releases, because frankly I don’t want to write about the latest developments in hemorrhoid creme for expectant mothers.
Seriously. They even wanted to send me a sample to review, and share my personal experience.
I feel like I need to stop here, and say that I have never had a hemorrhoid. But, if I did, I would do you and the rest of the world the favor of not blogging about it.
Not even for a free lifetime supply of Preparation H.
But last week a press release came across the wire —
Oh, who are we kidding? There is no “wire” anymore.
There is email though, and in my inbox was a press release that caught my attention. It was from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology about research they were announcing at their annual meeting in Rome.
According to the press release doctors have developed a test that determines when a woman will begin menopause. This test can be given early in the reproductive life of a woman. For some of the woman studied it was accurate to within four months. The greatest margin of error was 4 years.
Do you get what I’m telling you?
You know that old proverbial biological clock?
By measuring hormone levels they can now tell you when your biological clock will strike mid-night, and your eggs turn into pumpkins.
This is a small preliminary study. The research is on-going, and doctors want to do further research to validate the accuracy of the test, but they stand behind their findings.
I must admit I never felt a lot of pressure to have a baby. I had my first at 29, my second five days after my 34th birthday. It was easy for me to conceive both times. But I know that many women do struggle with balancing lifestyle, career, marriage, infertility and the ticking biological clock.
Personally I think this could be the biggest family planning break-through for women since the birth control pill.
It might give you the freedom to back-pack across Europe for five years, go to college, run a B&B in Barbadoes for another 5, then settle down at 36, and have babies.
When Aunt Susie says to you at Thanksgiving, “You really need to get married. You know there is an expiration date on those eggs,” you can say, “Yes, but they don’t expire until August 15th, 2031.”
Take that Aunt Susie!
Then again, what if you’ve spent 20 years searching for Mr. Right, he hasn’t come along yet, and your eggs are scheduled to dry up in two more years? Maybe knowing would just make you feel even more desperate.
If this research is accurate, soon women in their 20’s could know when menopause will begin for them.
What implications does this have for women? How will it affect family planning, and career planning?
Would you want to know how many child-bearing years you had left, or would it just make you feel pressured?
If you’d had access to this information would it have changed your life choices?