THE FEMALE FERTILITY CLIFF MYTH
The clock is ticking… Or is it?
As a woman, once you hit your late twenties or early thirties, the pressure is on. Odds are you’ve been asked when you’re going to have kids or been told that you should get a move on because your biological clock is ticking. There’s also a commonly held belief that women can’t have children after the age of 35, but this simply isn’t true.
You have more time than you think
While it’s true that female fertility does begin to decline around the age of 35, it’s a much more gradual process than people think it is. Men also experience a similar decline in fertility, although this starts later and takes longer than it does for women.
How science extends the fertility deadline
Since women are born with all the eggs they will have in their lifetime, their egg count can only ever fall as they get older. But there are a couple of ways in which science can help older women get pregnant if they want to do so.
- In vitro fertilisation (IVF) has been around for a long time — and has even helped a 74 year old woman in Southern India become the world’s oldest first-time mother.
- Women can also freeze and store their eggs to be used at a later date. When they are ready to have kids, the eggs will be thawed, fertilised, and then transplanted into the womb.
Of course, science can only do so much, and women will eventually get too old to carry a child. But if you’re still relatively young and aren’t ready to raise an entire human being, remember that your body is your own and you have both time and options — so everyone else can just mind their own business. Thinking about using IVF to have kids of your own? Check out this Gynaecologist’s Complete Guide to IVF in Singapore!
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Guys, you’re not alone! More and more men in Singapore are seeking help for male infertility.
2️⃣ Think you’re ready for a kid? Singapore’s government shows it’s support with a one-time pandemic baby bonus of $3,000.
3️⃣ Extremely underweight: A premature baby born in Singapore weighed just 345g at birth — Don’t worry though, she’s doing much better now.
4️⃣ A pandemic of the past: In the 1960s, a nationwide panic about shrinking penises took hold among Singaporean men.
5️⃣ A baby blip: Births in Singapore finally went up last year, following an 8-year low the year prior.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ A massacre? Chainsaws were originally invented for aiding childbirth.
2️⃣ Almost as old as her mother: Using a 28-year-old frozen embryo, a mother in Tennessee has given birth to a baby just one just younger than her.
3️⃣ Baby God: A new documentary covers the story of a fertility doctor who secretly impregnated hundreds of his patients with his own sperm.
4️⃣ Sperm killer: A study has shown that male fertility is yet another victim of the coronavirus.
5️⃣ Relax, ladies: Research shows that the COVID-19 vaccine does not affect female fertility in the slightest.
ARTS & GRAFTS
Old MacDonald had a… bionic penis
After Britain’s Malcolm MacDonald lost his penis to an infection in his perineum in 2014, Professor David Ralph (who previously constructed a bionic penis for a man born without one) helped him grow a new one — using a skin flap on MacDonald’s arm.
The penis took 2 years to grow and has been ready to be attached to his groin for another 2 years, but a host of medical and scheduling issues has led to a massive delay in the aforementioned operation.
How the bionic penis will work
When the procedure does finally take place, the newly-grown penis will be detached from MacDonald’s forearm and reattached to his groin with a reconstructed urethra. This will allow him to urinate normally.
In order to have intercourse, MacDonald will be fitted with a penile implant that will allow him to have erections (filled with saline rather than blood).
Can I have your autograft?
After his initial two-year slump following the loss of his first original penis, MacDonald is pleased to be so close to a solution. He has even nicknamed his new penis — which he requested to be 2 inches longer than his old one — Jimmy. For now, Jimmy spends most of his time hiding under long-sleeved shirts, but MacDonald is hopeful that he will be able to get the operation done once the pandemic has passed.
Having trouble getting it up? Here’s our Essential Guide to Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in Singapore!
Weird & Wonderful
- All babies are man-made.
- Babies hardly ever sleep like a baby.
- A fetus is just a baby baby.
- Why aren’t we 9 months old when we’re born?
- Babies become wireless when they are born.
How to get a bun in the oven
Trying to have a baby? We’ve got your back with these tips on improving fertility for both guys and gals!
For the ladies reading this:
- Be vigilant about recording your menstrual cycles and ovulation periods. This will help you figure out when you’re most fertile so you can plan to get busy with your partner — so romantic, we know.
- Sex positions don’t matter, but your choice of lubrication does. Some lubes contain ingredients like petroleum and glycerin, which can reduce sperm motility.
- It’s important to be physically fit, but don’t overdo it! Studies have shown that over-exercising can affect ovulation and your hormone levels in general, so be careful about how many workouts you’re getting in.
Don’t worry guys, we haven’t forgotten about you!
- Keep it cool! It doesn’t matter if you’re a boxers or briefs kind of guy, but make sure you’re keeping it cool down there. Studies show that increased scrotal temperature can decrease both sperm count and sperm quality.
- Eat healthy and get moving. Being physically fit can lead to better sperm health in a bunch of different ways.
- Try a daily multivitamin! Vitamins C and E are known to improve sperm health, as are certain minerals like selenium and zinc.
Looking for even more ways to improve your fertility? Maybe traditional Chinese medicine can help — be sure to check out our Ultimate Guide to TCM Fertility Treatments in Singapore!