Eggs Running Out
Most women have been well "educated" about our eggs running out. Which means that, after 40, many of us believe that our eggs are dwindling rapildy, deteriorating at a faster pace and maybe even dead.
Just in case we should forget, we have very clear reminders - as in the first few paragraphs of this scientific article. Below, I will also share new evidence that is emerging but it is good to understand the background to eggs running out first.
Eggs Running Out - Feminine Questioning
The story about eggs running out and the idea that we are born with all the eggs we will have, doesn't sit with me. Indeed, it just does not feel true. When I'm hearing these statements, my body is saying, "There's something off with this...."
One of my feminine gifts is to be able to feel the subtleties of language and truth. When I hear this story about eggs running out and supply being finite, as it is told in countless ways, my feminine wisdom is alerted. And she is wagging her finger to inform me that there is something not-quite-right with this version of female fertility that we've been fed.
That's one of the reasons I shared 3 tips for enhancing egg quality and my ovulation visualisation audio. I am not the only one though. A google search on this reveals that the question "can you run out of eggs in your ovaries?" is not unusual. More of us are beginning to question...
Eggs Running Out - Patriarchal Bias
And that is a good thing. For me, that we would have this idea about eggs running out is understandable in a patriarchal world. Because in patriarchy, a woman has been valued for her youth, providing sexual pleasure and her capacity to produce heirs.
Our understanding of a woman's eggs and the story that we've been told about them have emerged from within this context. All avenues point to conclusions that are consistent with these fundamental ideas. But it does not fit for me. Or many of the women I work with.
In my research on this topic, I also found this article challenging the patriarchal premise around eggs running out. Here are some interesting excerpts....
"A dogma has haunted the study and treatment of female infertility for more than half a century. It states that a baby girl is born with an ever-diminishing number of egg cells which cannot be renewed or replenished during her life....
The problem with the dogma.... was that it turns out not to be true. In a series of remarkable studies published over the past eight years scientists have produced convincing evidence to suggest that women are not, after all, born with all the egg cells that they will ever possess.....
Several research teams across the world have shown that the mammalian ovary is far more versatile than .... ever thought possible. The core of this new thinking lies in the remarkable discovery of “oogonial stem cells” within the ovary that are capable of producing a constant supply of fresh eggs, or oocytes".
Next Feminine Steps
It is time to peel back the patriarchal paste that has smothered the life-force of our ovaries and eggs. It begins with a realization that even if the scientific community knows huge amounts, it doesn't understand yet the creative feminine. Or how she shows up in fertility.
You can give yourself permission to question the assumptions to which female fertility has been sentenced. And demand a re-trial. Because the feminine wasn't given an opportunity to share her perspective, wisdom or insider experience.
Positive change is afoot. And together with scientists open to discovering new 'truths', you and I are bringing about a new fertility reality on the planet. One in which 'eggs running out' is seen from a much broader perspective that takes into account women's contributions to the age and fertility after 40 statistics. And one that acknowledges properly the contribution of the feminine in the creative process.