‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.
Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to try to help.
This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on 25 July 2012, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.
I am 34 years old and currently single but would love to have children in the future. Can you tell me how long women stay fertile for? Do I need to be concerned yet? And is there anything I can do to preserve my fertility?
Mr Ehab Kelada, consultant fertility specialist said, “Women are born with a certain number of eggs. When you reach puberty, you start ovulation meaning that the number of eggs starts to decline. All women tend to ovulate the good eggs before the age of 35. There are so many women in the same situation like you. Fertility potential & ovarian reserve vary from one woman to another. Some women are more fertile than average & others have lower fertility potential than average.
It would be good to lead a healthy life, eating healthy food, achieve an optimum body weight, stop smoking & drink in moderation. It would be advisable to have a blood test and ultrasound scan to check your fertility potential. This can be done at the Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. Depending on the test result, you may wish to consider egg freezing which is a way to preserve your fertility potential. Good luck.”