It will be a blessing to postpone menopause for women like me | Sonia Soda | Opinion

LAnd we imagine that male fertility left the men's group who wanted to have children but lived in a world off the cliff until they were in their mid forties. When did science revise?

I run the risk of guessing that it had been quite a while ago. However, by 2019, it took up to 20 years to delay menopause until menopause treatment was offered to women, despite having ideas for almost 20 years.

Treatment involves removing and freezing small ovarian tissue from a woman under 40 years old and then rebuilding the tissue when it reaches menopause a few years later. After that, it is clear that doctors aim to alleviate the unpleasant side effects of menopause that some women experience. But this is not one way to extend the fertility of women.

So read about the excitement. Perhaps a woman in her late thirties is a woman who still wants a child but does not have one, and it is worthwhile to scientifically develop her ability to prolong procreation.

I know well that makes me a prime number. There are two dominant stories about women who want to prolong fertility by freezing eggs. The first is a dominant career woman, who does not take selfish behavior until the children are too old, even if they do not judge men with a child at 50 in the same way. The second is that women want to extend their fertility because they have to make a choice between having a child and building a career.

In fact, there is evidence that involuntary ruthlessness is less related to career than romantic success. In one study, only 2{7be40b84a6a43fc4fae13304fce9a2695859798abfc41afd127b9f8b21c5f9c5} of women without a 42-year-old said that their cause was due to their focus on their careers. The most common reason for involuntary ruthlessness is that you have not met the right partner. Studies on why women freeze eggs show that eggs are overwhelmingly overwhelming than job planning.

This chime with me. I will not argue that we should deal with the structural inequalities that female biology plays in their careers. But that inequality does not mean that there is no child yet. Not necessarily, but at this point you would have decided to sacrifice your career progress to have children.

Women in their mid-30s and 30s who want children are well aware of another biological inequality in play. Fertility rates for men and women are significantly different. Dating at this age means fighting the terrible stereotypes of women who want to carry their bags before it's too late. Just imagine how free it is to know that 15 years of fertility remain, as do older people. Just as women's solidarity fights to combat the fact that women who choose not to have children shrink their mother's career, feminists with children up to their early 30s should be interested.

Women who are still in the 35-year-old dating pool will have people claiming to be responsible for themselves. In a world where women are more likely to go to college than men, they should be too demanding. This rather assumes that these women are single, because they do not settle than less educated men. Surprisingly, if you live a stereotype of a less sharp male for children, a similar proportion of male and female graduates born in 1970 have no children at 42 years old (1/4) and have a similar proportion (1/3). ) Said they did not meet the right partner.

Perhaps extending the fertility of a woman can also help men who later meet their partners. And as fertility science develops, this should not be discouraged. If you need to raise a person and a child who can spend decades rather than having a loveless partnership in your early 30s to have children, do you have to wait a bit?

IVF embryo doctors work in Petri dishes at the London Fertility Clinic.

Production is possible with just one of five IVF treatments using frozen eggs. Photo: Sang Tan / AP

The problem is that existing science is not enough. Birth occurs only in 1 of 5 IVF treatments with frozen eggs. The reason is that, in part, the cost is about 7,000 pounds and the process is invasive, which means that the average age for a woman to freeze eggs is 38 years, far beyond fertility. That is why this new remedy for delaying menopause becomes very interesting. With a single procedure in half an hour, a woman can access thousands of eggs, not a few years later. One day, it can be a less intrusive, effective and affordable insurance policy for women without children in their early 30s.

Even if you develop a scientific solution to the edge of female reproductive cliffs, the fact that for the vast majority of women, the right time to have children will naturally be in fertile period, will not change. But there are a handful of minorities who miss the boat because they can't find important partners in a timely manner. The profound positive social development of women's education and professional development has come to mean that we must use science to rethink aspects of biology. Refuting it is pure and simple sexism.

Sonia Soda is an observer columnist

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