When a woman is in her late 20s or early 30s, the rest of her tissue is functioning at peak performance, but her ovaries are already showing overt signs of aging. Yet most women learn about their ovaries and ovarian function when they go to use them for the first time and find out they're geriatric.
The consequences of aged ovaries extend beyond fertility, especially during menopause, the period of time when a person stops having a menstrual cycle. When the ovaries stop working due to menopause, they stop making reproductive hormones which are also important for general health. Even in healthy women, it dramatically increases the risk of stroke, heart disease, cognitive decline, insomnia, osteoporosis, weight gain, arthritis -- those are medically established facts. The age of menopause is also tied to longevity. The average age of natural menopaus is 50. "Studies show women who have later menopause tend to live longer and have an enhanced ability to repair their DNA. But women with natural menopause before the age of 40 are twice as likely to die early compared with women going through natural menopause between the ages 50 to 54."