I'm not looking forward to being 50. Yes I know it's a few years away yet but I've been reminded of it recently.
It's not because of looking older; more wrinkles, more grey hair (and more chance of looking like mutton if I cover it up). Or the knowledge that I'll be 50 by the time I finish my degree and changing career will be more of a struggle.
No, it's because my doctor has told me that I'll have to come off The Pill when I hit 50. That means stepping out of a 30 year comfort zone of religiously taking '1-a-day' to retain my childfree status. "And," she added, "I'm afraid you'll probably still be fertile then." But what of these figures and charts that say I'm 30% fertile at 40-44 and only 5% at 45-49 and 0% at 50? No doubt I will be the exception to the rule; and how will I know - trial and error??
I just hope that by then some clever boffin has invented a 99% method that doesn't involve mainlining hormones, leaving it up to himself, or wrestling with some kind of 'personal device' every time.
In the meantime I had better just make the most of the next seven years.