Many Women Underestimate Fertility Clock’s Clang
December 1, 2011
Kate Donnellon Nail never imagined she’d have trouble conceiving. For one thing, people always tell the San Francisco musician she looks much younger than her 43 years.
“I work out regularly, I have a personal trainer,” she says. “I’ve been doing yoga for 15 years.”
Nail’s grandmother gave birth at 42, so she figured she was predisposed to “fabulous fertility.” Doctors says there’s no such evidence. But Nail is healthy and makes a point to eat well.
“Unfortunately,” she says, “that doesn’t always translate to those little eggs in your ovaries. They’re not getting the message!”
When she was nearly 41, Nail and her husband went to a fertility doctor, who laid out the stark stats for someone her age.