Infertility in Relation to a Woman’s Age

on Oct 07, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Age and Infertility

What is the truth behind age and infertility? How does age affect your fertility, from your 20s to your 40s?

Age. It is probably the single biggest factor that determines fertility, and it is definitely by far the factor that most people know the most about. More research has been done on the effects of age and fertility than probably any other factor, so it is a topic we know a lot about. Let’s talk about it a little more in depth so that you can learn all about age and fertility too. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Women in their 20’s

Women are born with a certain number of eggs to use in their lifetime. When they’re gone, they’re gone! When a woman starts to ovulate, she begins to use up that supply of eggs. Month by month, the eggs begin to dwindle away. This is why a woman is most fertile in her 20’s, when the eggs are in great supply. As a woman ages, it gets harder and harder for her to become pregnant, because her eggs are dwindling in supply. By the time a woman reaches 30 years of age, her egg supply is usually nearly gone.

Women in their 30’s

This is not to say that once a woman reaches 30, she is unable to conceive. Many women become mothers in their 30’s and even 40’s with no real problems. But, they are the minority when it comes to conceiving. Most doctors agree that around age 35 is the real turning point when it comes to conceiving a baby, since that is the time when a woman’s fertility drops the most drastically. You only have about a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant in any ovulation cycle when you are in your thirties. In your forties, that chance is even lower, and by age 45, it is pretty much non existent.

Greater risks as you age

Women in their late thirties and early forties also have a higher chance of having a child with a disability or chromosomal problems. This is because your body uses all of the “good” eggs first, and leaves the “bad” eggs, or eggs that might have problems to be used up last. Older moms also have a higher chance of miscarriage, low birth weight and other problems. Also, moms that are over 40 are also at higher risk for pregnancy complications and pregnancy related health problems such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

The bottom line

The truth is that the older a woman is, the less likely she will be to have a successful and healthy pregnancy. If she does end up getting pregnant, it will take longer and also has the possibility to be a difficult road to travel down. Women who get pregnant later in life often face higher risks for both themselves and their babies. We are not saying that it is not impossible for a woman to get pregnant later in life, just that it is usually a little more difficult.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

  • chrissy86

    k, I need some advice…I am turning 31 this year…currently I have an 8 year old…I have been on the depo shot 3 different times, I actually got pregnant with right after I came off the shot the first time. I have had cysts on my ovaries and I know sometimes that can cause issues, but currently we are trying to conceive and have been trying since December and no matter what I do, there’s no luck….and I know the less you try the more likely it is, but even more so I am not regular so I can’t really rely on a calendar to tell me when I’m ovulating…But I just know my family history and I don’t have too much longer before I will start menopause and I really want another baby before it’s too late…so any advice, any tips would be helpful….

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Given your history of having ovarian cysts and period irregularities, seeing your doctor about your conditions is a first step you could take. In this way, you can better determine and understand your current condition, after which you would be able to promptly receive the appropriate treatment and care you may need.  Having your doctor guide and oversee you in your journey towards pregnancy can help ensure and increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy. In the meantime, increase your chances of conceiving by tracking your cycles in order for you to time intercourse during your fertile days, eating right, ensuring adequate vitamin and mineral intake, exercising regularly, reducing stress, and continue on trying. Staying positive in the process can also have beneficial effects.

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