27th July 2012 | by MFC Team
New “app” counts down days, months, and seconds to alert women to their declining fertility
A new app is being marketed as helping women to answer the question: “How much time do I have left?” to have a child. The app asks women to enter their birth date and counts back from 44 years of age in determining when a woman’s fertility clock runs out.
Developer Mira Kaddoura says she developed “The Wonder Clock” to empower women to face their fears about declining fertility. The app’s website showcases Ms. Kaddoura’s own ticking clock by calculating the days, hours, and seconds she believes she has left before becoming infertile. She said the app isn’t meant to be a medical diagnosis but to “open a dialogue with other women about fertility, empowerment, and loving ourselves”.
This app raises important issues about the need for women to be aware of how fertility declines with age. However, it does not take into account the many other individual factors that can affect a woman’s fertility (e.g. family history; reproductive history; lifestyle factors). It also can lead women to falsely believe they have more time left to have a baby than in fact they actually do. The ticking clock can also raise a woman’s anxiety level if she is not yet in a position to start her family but feels time is running out.
Read more about how women’s fertility declines with age here.
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