We are strong believers in the fact that if you want to achieve something, age should never ever be a barrier. However, in this case, fertility is an exception. We are not the kinds who’d sugarcoat the hard stuff and that’s why we are saying it loud and clear,
“Age does affect a woman’s fertility” and here’s why:
When a woman is born, she is born with all the eggs that she will ever have in her lifetime. As she grows older, the eggs start to decrease in terms of quantity and quality. As research and statistics have it, a woman is the most fertile in her 20s and her 30s. This is therefore, considered to be an ideal age bracket for a woman to have a baby. However for various reasons, many women think of having their first or second child in their 40s and that is when they ask themselves, “Am I fertile enough?”
We are here to answer your questions. Read on to find out:
A woman’s fertility starts to decline after her 30s with her decline speeding up by the age of 35. According to statistics, at the age of 30, the chances of conceiving is as high as 20% per month whereas, at 40, it is as low as 5%. Leading a healthy lifestyle obviously does increase the chances of becoming pregnant and having a healthy baby, it does not, in any way, undo the effects of age-related infertility.
By the age of 40, only 2 out of 5 women who wish to conceive will be actually able to do so unless they turn to other options like In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). However, the chances of an IVF treatment success is also heavily dependent on age as the success rate of IVF treatment over the age of 40 is low and hasn’t increased much in the past years.
In addition to reduced chances of becoming pregnant, there are also other pregnancy-related complications that tag along with age such as gestational diabetes, placenta previa, cesarean section, stillbirth etc.
So we will end this article right where we started it. “Age does affect a woman’s fertility.”
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