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How Many Eggs Does A Woman Have In Her When She Is Born
Because it's true: Men constantly manufacture sperm from stem cells and the supply is relatively unlimited. But a woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have (thousands) and these go through a series of changes and mature, by the teens, many of the original eggs are gone and a finite number remains. Some are healthier than others. All are subject to the daily exposure to toxic events that could cause problems. ...Read more
Ovarian aging: You were born with all the eggs you will have. Each month, a number start out and only 1 ovulates. If you are on birth control pills or are pregnant, the same thing happens but you won't ovulate. Therefore the number continues to decline. If you have ovarian surgery, endometriosis, or smoke, that may affect the number and quality of the remaining eggs. Some women will run out earlier than others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends...: The age at which a woman can start to donate eggs mostly depends on the state in which the donation is considered. In many states, it is related to the age at which a woman is considered to be an adult (or no longer a minor). ...Read more
Not usual: When the egg is fertilized it is rare that a woman will feel it happening. ...Read more
No: Once the egg dies it cannot be fertilized. However , a new egg can be released by the ovary and become fertilzed . ...Read more
Yes,but still plenty: This may be technically true,but most of the loss occurs before puberty.Women are born with 1-2 million immature eggs.That dwindles to 400,000 by puberty. Women only ovulate about 400 times in their life so there are plenty of extras.The concern is more about quality than quantity. Few 30 yo's have fertility problems but the rate of problems increases around age 35. See http://tinyurl.com/jy7lvw6 ...Read more
Ovarian aging: You were born with all the eggs you will have. Each month, a number start out and only 1 ovulates. Therefore the number and quality continues to decline. If you have ovarian surgery, endometriosis, or smoke, that may affect the number and quality of the remaining eggs. Some women will run out earlier than others. At age 50, even if ovulating, the quality would reduce the chance for success. ...Read more
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