Studies done by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) found that women in Malaysia are having children later in life.
From 2001 to 2015, the minimum age for mothers who give birth to their first children has risen from 26.6 to 27.7 years old. This proves that in average, women in Malaysia are delaying their time to become mothers.
According to Dr Eeson Sinthamony, President of the Malaysia Obstetrics and Gynaecology Association, women who wants children needs to plan their future ahead of time and understand their anatomy better.
“There are various options to choose from nowadays to help them plan for a child later in life, such as the AMH test and egg freezing,”Dr Eeson Sinthamony.
The AMH test is a simple blood test which shows the level of fertility in women. The Anti-MŸllerian Hormone blood level is used as the indicator for how many eggs are left which can be fertilized. It is a vital consideration factor for women who are planning to get pregnant later or having fertility problems.
“Women will lose a number of eggs as the years go by. For example, if you have plans to become a mother in the near future, and the AMH test shows that the number of eggs you have are in the lower ranges, you may want to consider extracting and freezing them so that you may still have a chance later on,” he explaines.
So far, around 50 million couples around the world are infertile, and about 15 percent of women at prime age of pregnancy are having fertility issues.