Women are born with 1 Million to 2 Million (potential) eggs (or ovarian follicles). By the time puberty hits, there are about 300,000 eggs left. When we are young, our ovaries are full of follicles, and during ovulation, one usually dominates and is released. The others are absorbed (or are essentially lost). Each month when a woman cycles, she loses about 1000 eggs through the process. As we age, this number goes up.Read the article
Even if we yoga at dawn, kale all day, get in our 8 hours of sleep and drink gallons of water and kombucha, nothing can change our biological clock. Our fertility begins to decline at age 33, and we lose more eggs each month until we hit menopause. But even though we may release eggs and get a period until our ovaries are depleted around age 50, we are not actually fertile all the way until menopause. As we age, the quality of our eggs declines too, so the chances of the released egg fertilizing each month decreases.
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