Crazy Things That Happen To Your Eggs When You Stop Having Sex

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women's eggs as they age

Umm... what?!

Ever wonder what happens to women's eggs as they age? What about if your eggs are wasting away during a sexual drought? Well, they sort of are, but it's a lot more complicated than that.

A woman’s ovaries produce the majority share of estrogen and testosterone and are quite resilient. And even with no sex, they still function normally.

"After, however, is a different story. In your 40s there is a gradual decline in estrogen production. Women who go through natural menopause often have hot flashes, vaginal dryness, insomnia, irritability, urinary incontinence and night sweats caused by the drop in estrogen production," says OB/GYN Dr. Jessica Shepherd.

Your eggs are with you for your ENTIRE life. From the moment you are born (and actually even while you are in utero) your eggs are there. And other than egg freezing there is nothing that halts the decrease in egg quantity and quality.

"Whether you are trying for a baby or trying to avoid having a baby, your eggs will do their thing —  grow, ovulate and if not fertilized, disappear," says Dr. Sheeva Talebia.

So, whether or not you're trying to conceive, or just want to know about this odd part of your sex life, here are a few facts about fertility, pregnancy, and what really happens to women's eggs as they age, especially when you stop having sex:

1. Your chances of miscarriage increase.

Peak fertility occurs in a woman’s twenties. While women can give birth for about 30-35 years, the best chance of carrying a healthy baby to term is between ages 23 and 28, says world-renowned fertility specialist David Adamson, founder and Chief Medical Officer at ARCFertilityAs a woman ages, the eggs available to make a baby have an increased chance of miscarriage or genetic problems.

2. It becomes more difficult to conceive a child.

Think you have plenty of time? You actually don't. Because peak fertility ends at age 31.

"Once a woman hits that age, the total number of eggs in her ovaries is usually around 100,000, compared to around a million at birth. At that point, pregnancy becomes a numbers game. At age 35, fewer than half of the eggs in a woman’s ovaries have normal chromosomes, and by age 40 that dips to 10-20 percent," says Dr. Adamson.

3. Your body tries to get rid of your unfertilized eggs.

"When you stop having sex and your egg no longer has the option of meeting up with a sperm for that month, your body wants to flush it out or absorb it as quickly as possible to ensure that it is not fertilized when it is no longer a healthy egg. In fact, when your egg finally peaks at the end of its path through your fallopian tubes, it is only viable for about 24 hours!" says Celeste Holbrook, Ph.D., Sexual Health Consultant and Educator.