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How Old Is Too Old To Get Pregnant?
on Oct 11, 2013
by Dr. Christine Lee, MD
It is easy for women to get sidetracked and not end up having children until later in life. But, how old is TOO old to have a baby?
More and more women these days are waiting to get married. They are going to college, pursuing careers, getting their finances in order. Women have so many more options these days than ever before and it is easy for women to get sidetracked and not end up having children until later in life. But, how old is TOO old to have a baby? Read on to find out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The answer is… well, there is no easy answer. Every woman is born with a certain number of eggs (different for all women). Those eggs are impossible to replace, and every single month of her adult life, a woman will ovulate, and lose one of those precious eggs. Each one of those eggs, when gone, is gone for good, there is no getting it back. So, in essence, a woman’s biological clock really is ticking. Time is always running out for a woman to have a baby, and that is something that is hard to process for many women. Since every woman is different, there is no easy answer for how long those precious eggs will last.
Most doctors and experts agree that once a woman reaches age 35, her fertility plummets dramatically. Therefore, getting pregnant after age 35 can be extremely difficult. About 14 percent of all births in the USA today are to women 35 and older, so it is not impossible, it is just less likely. Also keep in mind that the “good eggs” in a woman’s body are the eggs that are used up first, and the eggs remaining as a woman gets older will usually be the “bad eggs” that are more prone to birth defects and pregnancy complications. However, many women do give birth after age 35 and their babies are just fine. It all just depends on your individual case.
Most doctors also agree that by the time a woman reaches forty, her ability to get pregnant naturally, without any form of fertility treatment, is virtually nonexistent. The risk of spontaneous miscarriage for a woman aged 40-45 is 51%. However, that is not to say that there are no mothers who give birth over the age of forty. It happens all the time, especially with fertility treatments. Even if a woman has no eggs left of her own, an egg donor is still a distinct possibility to allow a woman to conceive and give birth even if she is considered “older” by fertility standards. If you are a woman wondering about your fertility as you age, schedule an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options.
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Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).