Your Mom's Age at Menopause Could Affect Your Fertility

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baby toesWhen it comes to a woman's fertility, there are so many unknowns. You'd think with babies being born since the beginning of time (literally), we'd have more answers, but as many women who can't conceive find out, there's little we've actually figured out for sure. So every new piece of the puzzle is welcome -- like this latest finding about how a woman's fertility may be affected by her mother's age at menopause.

According to a Danish study, women whose mothers went through menopause early (before age 45) had "far fewer" eggs than women whose mothers went through menopause later. According to the BBC they looked at anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH) and antral follicle count (AFC) counts in more than 500 women and found that both decreased significantly over the years the earlier a woman's mother went through menopause.

Interesting, and it make sense. But don't panic if your mom did go through early menopause.

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While current thinking is that the fewer eggs you have, the less chance you have of getting pregnant during your lifetime, the study did not look at fertility rates. And researchers stressed that the number of eggs between women varies greatly.

More research is still needed in this area (of course, as it always is), and doctors' advice remains unchanged: "... the younger you start trying for a baby the more likely you are to be successful," said Valentine Akande, a consultant gynecologist and spokesman for the British Fertility Society. 

And like all of the others studies we see, you have to take this latest research with a grain of salt (or shot of vodka?). It may be a good excuse to ask your mom about her experience with menopause if you haven't, but it certainly doesn't mean you should rush into pregnancy because you're panicked it will never happen now. It's just one more piece in what can be a very painful puzzle that I wish we could solve already.

Does this news surprise you?


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linzemae linzemae

My mom started menapause at 40 and I'm 27 and got pregnant our first try. I'm really hoping I follow in her early menapause footsteps

Maevelyn Maevelyn

maybe if your TTC you should keep the grain of salt and skip the vodka. lol.

Courtney Puzzo

take this with a grain of salt some women that go into early menopause do so for medical reasons like  cancer treatment like my mom went into perimenopause after receivng radition for breast cancer at age 43. hoping to go into menopause early is a bad thing the average age is 51 before that it was 56 and before that it was mid 60's unless you'd had reproductive cancers like Uterine or cervical as my maternal grandmother did in her 40's.

zumba... zumbafreak11

I really don't think that this explains anything.   My mom and aunt went into menopause in their 50s.  We're both only daughters and both have endometriosis - my cousin has no children at 28, but I have a 7 year old and was told she's a miracle baby, but I wonder all the time about my eggs and fertility since my diagnosis-I'd love to have another, but I'm not getting any younger.  I'm 33 and haven't had a man in my life since my divorce 5 1/2 years ago- it just seems like nobody's interested in a single mom with a kid that has ADD.

Elspeth Miller

Also something they haven't said anything about is diet and those of us that are insulin resistant. I'm in early menopause at age 32. My mother didn't get it until her 50's and her mother the same. I have endometriosis as well as Metabolic syndrome X (insulin resistance) AND had an absolute miracle baby. We want one more, but I'm running out of time. It is what it is.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

I memopaused exactly the same age (52) as my mom.  I think there really is something to it.


jessi... jessicasmom1

it does not surprise me one bit I miscarried and found out my mom did too so I say mirroring

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