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A 27-year-old female asked:

started period at age 9. am 26 now. i know there are a limited supply of eggs. should i think about having kids sooner rather than later?

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Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Don't worry: You have plenty of eggs to get you through a monthly cycle well into your 40's or early 50's, even if you started your cycle at age 9. You are at an ideal age over the next decade to have kids. Now the other questions should be answered - are you emotionally and financially stable to support a child and do you have a support system around you - it really does take a village!
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 35 years experience
You have time...: If you are wondering if you should have children because of a decreasing egg supply, don't let that concern you. You were born with over a million eggs. The number dwindles over time, so that at puberty you have about 300,000-400,000. You have plenty of eggs. Don't let that be your deciding factor.

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