I found my first gray hair this morning. One loan gray hair hiding amongst my brunette curls had me screaming bloody murder before my husband had a chance to drink his coffee. After my tears subsided I made an emergency call to hairdresser, and she assured me a stray gray hair is normal in your 30's. I miss being 29.
I wrote a blog a few months ago about my struggle with turning 30. In today's world, women are fighting tooth and nail to stay younger, thinner, firmer, sexier. It's working. There's a TV show dedicated to the term "Cougar". Celebrities are dating younger men. Jennifer Aniston looks better at 41 then she did at 29. It's amazing what a personal trainer, expensive facial moisturizers, hair color and in some cases, surgery can do for you. Unfortunately, all the money in the world can't buy Mother Nature. A new report shows a ticking biological clock increases libido in women in their 30's and 40's as they enter the end of the child-bearing years.
Researchers from the University of Texas published a study showing a heightened sex drive in relation to declining fertility. 827 women filled out an on-line questionnaire about sexual attitudes and behaviors. Researchers divided the women into 3 groups: high fertility (ages 18-26), low fertility (ages 27-45) and menopausal. More women in the high fertility group reported an increase in sexual fantasies, active sex life and willingness to engage in casual sex.
An article in The New York Daily News says this study compares an increase in libido is in direct response to declining fertility- as if the biological clock starts ticking faster as it nears the end. The results of this survey could indicate more and more women are waiting until they're late 30's and 40's to conceive, and their sex hormones are in overdrive because they subconsciously know their chances of getting pregnant is decreasing.
Just like there are things you can do to look younger, or gain "cougar" status, there are things you can do to help preserve your fertility. Things such as, a healthy diet, maintaining a normal BMI, STD awareness and staying away from certain environmental toxins helps increase your chances for becoming pregnant. Research continues to show the biological clock is real for both male and females, so knowing the facts can help you stay informed for your family's future.
Merry Armentrout is Communications Director for The American Fertility Association. Merry has a degree in journalism and is a former Fertility Consultant for Ferring Pharmaceuticals.
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