Centuries and decades ago, the biological clock was on every woman’s mind; but times have changed, and so has the way couples view the biological fertility clock.

1. Finding the Career Comes First…

A lot of women are choosing to find their careers before choosing a mate, and then settling down to have children. This does not mean you are anti-reproduction; it may be that you want to secure your future, which will in turn secure the future of your child. If you are trying to find the right career path, or pursue your dream job, a child may take you off course. So many couples talk about what plans they had, but when they realized they were pregnant, those plans changed in order to maintain stability for the baby.

2. Infertility Was Once a Huge Issue…

It is a fact that 1 in 6 couples will have infertility issues, but this does not have to stop couples from becoming parents – thanks to the breakthroughs in modern medicine and surgical procedures. Fertility specialists are developing methods for male and females to treat infertility. For instance, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a good fertility procedure to invest in if you are having fertility issues. You can also use donor eggs and donor sperm with this method, or you can use your eggs and a surrogate. This option allows women to wait a little longer before having a child. The infertility rates for women have decreased by the millions over the past few decades, mainly because of IVF and the large usage of fertility treatments.

3. Age is no Longer a Factor…

If you are over the age of 35, you still have the option to conceive with your own eggs and via a natural childbirth. It is true that a woman’s fertility rate begins to decline once she turns 27, but the rates are still good, even when women are 35. Studies have shown women in their 40s still have a 23 percent chance of natural conception. As long as you are in good health, you have the option to conceive after 35, and in your 40s. The fertility treatments also allow you to outsmart your biological clock, and hit the snooze button during your 20s, and your 30s.

4. Speaking of Hitting the Snooze Button…

Recent fertility developments are in place, and after these treatments are fully developed and become successful, women will be able to smash their biological clocks altogether. One new treatment – that was developed in Israel – actually resets your biological clock. This is great for women who want to wait until they are well into their careers before having a baby. The procedure is also great for women who have medical issues and are undergoing treatment, such as chemotherapy.

History shows that women who go through chemotherapy are more likely to end up infertile, in comparison to a woman who does not have to take chemotherapy treatments. With this new procedure, women will be able to freeze part of their ovarian tissue. Once they are ready to have children, doctors will then implant the ovarian tissue back into their bodies. This will restart ovulation. So far one woman in Australia has become pregnant, but no live birth has happened. If this fully develops, the snooze button will not be necessary, and the clock will be outsmarted altogether!

5. Adoption is Always an Option…

If you choose to adopt a child, that child will be yours in every since of the meaning. Having a child biologically does not mean you are more or less of a parent than someone who chooses adoption. You have the ability to provide a loving and stable environment for a child, who may not have had that option if not for you. Choosing to adopt gives you time to establish yourself financially and emotionally; both are necessary in order to build a strong foundation for your family. You are not only outsmarting your biological clock, but you are giving a child a great home and hope for the future.

The biological fertility clock may continue to tick, but you do not have to panic; you still have plenty of time. There are always fertility options available to you; so hit the snooze button and keep living your life!