How many eggs do you have anyway? By guest blogger Sharon LaMothe

I attended a fascinating session lead by Dr. David Adamson, MD at this years SMART ART XI. His topic was Careers, Babies and Biological Clocks. I wanted to share one particular tid-bit that I don’t think is in your typical woman’s magazine or doctors office reading material.

Just how many eggs do we women have anyway? Have you ever wondered? I never have. I just figured that I had what I needed and left it at that. I never gave my husbands sperm a thought either…it seemed to be there when it was needed (and sometimes even when it was not! BTW male fertility drops to 70% in their 50’s) But I never had a sit down with girl friends and chatted over how many eggs we had left or where they all came from. We might have talked about their expiration date but we used the word ‘menopause’ to describe those topics!
Dr. Adamson showed a slide that said this: In Utero (aprox at 5 months) an unborn baby girl has about 4 Million Eggs. At birth that same baby girl will have about 700,000 eggs and at puberty a young girl would have approximately 350,000! And just so you know…at menopause the number is about 1000 eggs and they are not doing well! Most of these eggs are lost to artesia, not ovulation which means that they are lost to the cells dying.

As you can see, we are born with all the eggs we will ever have. Amazing to know but now the question is just what will we do with those eggs?

Sharon LaMothe Infertility Answers, Inc. LaMothe Services, LLC *Please note: Sharon LaMothe is not a MD, is not an attorney nor does she hold a mental health degree. All advice given is solely the experienced opinion of Ms. LaMothe. If you have any medical, legal or psychological questions or concerns, please contact your own Doctor, Attorney or Mental Health Professional.


  1. Sarah

    My daughter has been asked to donate her eggs to her very good friend who has been unable to concieve on her own. My daughter has already donated her eggs 6 times to IVF.
    What are the legal ramifications and other possible risks.
    Thank you!

    • Good question. Unfortunately, I’m not an attorney, so I can’t fully answer your question or give legal advise.There is a possibility that your daughter’s friend’s physician may approve your daughter to donate again since it would be an open donation (non-anonymous). Other factors could come into play; her past donation history and success rate, her current age and fertility levels. Typically clinics will not allow open donations if the donor is over 34 years old. ASRM (the American Society for Reproductive Medicine) recommends that donors do not donate over 6 times in their life time mostly for consanguinity purposes.