Age related decline in fertility affects both sexes, say Alexandra van der Meer and colleagues
- By: Alexandra van der Meer, Hannah Turton, Susan Bewley
What do the literary and film characters Bridget Jones and James Bond have in common? According to research, they may well share the phenomenon of the ticking biological clock. Is the question of when to have our children relevant to both sexes? While there are a number of mature medical students, some of whom will have started or completed their family, most medical students have yet to start. Pursuing a demanding career in medicine may delay any consideration of planning when to fit this in, let alone advancing the plan.
Both men and women should be concerned about their biological clocks. While most people would recognise that Bridget Jones is likely to suffer the experience of a biological clock, many would question whether this could be true of James Bond. Why is it that we are never shown the children and angry ex-lovers hounding Bond for child maintenance payments? Is