Women who wish to conceive may do best by avoiding foods with trans fats as a recent study claims that taking trans fats even in small quantities can have significant effects on fertility. In the study, American researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health linked trans fats to fertility problems. Of the 18,500 women studied who were attempting to conceive, 438 women faced ovulatory problems. The researchers concluded that trans fats could raise one’s likelihood of developing fertility problems even by 70 per cent. But they are unsure as to the exact process by which trans fats affect fertility.
Meanwhile, British scientists from Sheffield University have developed a test that could tell a woman how quickly her biological clock is ticking. The blood test calculates the number of eggs in a woman’s ovaries and determines whether her fertility is on a downward spiral. This test, named Plan Ahead is the first fertility test to bring together pituitary hormone FSH and ovarian hormones inhibin B and AMH, as they are responsible for the number of eggs. With an increasing number of women preferring to have babies at a later stage in life, this test can help them prioritize between career and family.
On the other hand, Indian researchers from the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore, have uncovered the disturbing fact that Indian women as young as 30 are reaching menopause. While 3.1 per cent women reach menopause between 30 and 34 years, 8 per cent do so between 35 and 39 years of age. Also, such premature menopause is more common in the rural areas than in the urban areas. However, women who wish to marry late have no cause for concern as giving birth at a later age delays the onset of menopause.
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