Older Women Are More Likely To Have Pregnancy Problems
But, scientists have recently discovered the reason why women are more likely to be suffering a miscarriage or to be experimenting infertility problems when they opt to have a baby at a higher age. The same study also indicates why women who give birth when they are in their late 30s or sometimes even 40s have a higher risk of having a baby that will suffer from Down’s Syndrome or other diseases related to genetic conditions.
The study was conducted by British researchers and they discovered that when women get older, biologically, the protein that helps fertilization declines. This way they have established that a new drug that will be able to keep eggs healthy even though women get older, will mean pregnancy in the 40s without complications. The findings are not completely new since researchers already knew that when a woman gets pregnant at a higher age, the risks of a miscarriage or a pregnancy with problems as well as a born baby suffering from different genetic disorders is very high.
The research was conducted by Dr Mary Herbert from Institute for Ageing and Health. The specialist said according to the Daily Mail that “Reproductive fitness in women declines dramatically from the mid-30s onwards.” “Our findings point to cohesin being a major culprit in this. The aged mice we used are equivalent to a woman in her early-40s,” she added.
“Cohesin levels were very much reduced in eggs from older mice and the chromosomes underwent a very messy division resulting in the wrong number of chromosomes being retained in the egg,” the doctor concluded also mentioning that now they should focus on finding a solution to reduce cohesin loss. But however, she said that “the best way for women to avoid this problem is to have their children earlier.” How can a women that wants to reach a top level in her career have a baby when she is young without compromising her chances in achieving that high point is still an unknown thing since another study made earlier this year indicated that women who take time off after having a baby loose the career improvement opportunities in front of the competitors.11