Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
Not a member? Register here
Share this Article
 Your Age and Fertility

Your Age and Fertility

(0 reviews)

Fertility is the ability to conceive, carry to full term, and give birth to a healthy baby. Women are most fertile in their early twenties. Healthy couples, under 30 years of age, engaging in regular sex, have 25-30% chance of conception every month.

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

After 35 years of age, the chances of conceiving drop substantially. Modern trends in life have forced women to delay child bearing and hence age related miscarriages and infertility have become very common.

Why does it become harder to conceive as you age?

If you are over 35 years of age, you should see your gynecologist after six months of trying to conceive.

  • Firstly, it is because you were born with a fixed number of eggs in your ovaries. As you get older the number as well as quality of eggs decreases making you less fertile. As you reach 45-55 of age your ovaries stop producing eggs and you reach menopause.
  • Secondly, you tend to have more preexisting medical problems such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, high blood pressure, and diabetes etc. making it harder to carry a baby to full term and increasing complications both in you and your baby.
  • Moreover, as you age your sexual activity tends to decrease.
  • Risk of chromosomal abnormalities in your baby increases if you are above 35. Your doctor will order some genetic screening test for your baby like Down’s syndrome, Edward syndrome etc.
  • Further, risk of preterm birth - delivery before completion of 38 weeks of gestation – and stillbirth also increases with your age.
  • Cesarean delivery, which carries risk of infections and injury to internal organs like intestines and urinary bladder, is more common in women in their thirties than those in their twenties.

You should get an infertility evaluation if you are over 35 of age and have not become pregnant after six months of unprotected sexual intercourse. You will need to visit your doctor regularly and more frequently, if you are pregnant and above 35 years of age.

Read more

Join My First 1000 Days Club

It all starts here. Expert nutrition advice for you and your baby along the first 1000 days.

  • Learn about nutrition at your own paceLearn about nutrition at your own pace
  • toolTry our tailored practical tools
  • Enjoy member only benefits and offersEnjoy member only benefits

Let's start this!

Related Content
Article Reviews

0 reviews


Still haven't found
what you are looking for?

Try our new smart question engine. We'll always have something for you.