Fertility After 35

Navigating Fertility After 35

Fertility is a complex issue that is influenced by a number of factors, including age. A woman’s fertility naturally declines as she ages, and this decline becomes more pronounced after the age of 35.

While it is still possible to get pregnant after 35, the chances of conception are lower than in your 20s or early 30s. This is because the quality and quantity of eggs a woman produces decreases with age.

How Fertility Changes with Age

A woman’s ovaries contain a finite number of eggs, and these eggs are gradually lost over time. By the time a woman reaches her late 30s, she has only a small fraction of the eggs she had in her youth, otherwise known as a decreased ovarian reserve.

In addition, the quality of a woman’s eggs also declines with age. Older eggs are more likely to have chromosomal abnormalities, which can lead to miscarriage or birth defects.

Factors Affecting Fertility After 35

In addition to age, there are a number of other factors that can affect fertility after 35. These include:

  • Medical conditions:¬†Certain medical conditions,¬†such as endometriosis,¬†polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),¬†and uterine fibroids,¬†can make it difficult to get pregnant.
  • Lifestyle factors:¬†Smoking,¬†excessive alcohol consumption,¬†and obesity can all negatively impact fertility.
  • Male partner’s age:¬†A man’s fertility also declines with age,¬†although not as steeply as a woman’s.

What to Expect When Trying to Conceive After 35

If you are over 35 and trying to conceive, it is important to be aware of the following:

  • It may take longer to get pregnant.¬†The average time it takes for a couple to conceive is six months.¬†However,¬†it may take longer for couples over 35 to conceive.
  • You may have fewer menstrual cycles.¬†As you age,¬†you may ovulate less frequently or not ovulate at all.
  • You may have a higher risk of miscarriage.¬†The risk of miscarriage increases with age.

Tips for Improving Fertility After 35

There are a number of things you can do to improve your chances of getting pregnant after 35. These include:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get regular exercise.
  • Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
  • Manage stress levels.
  • See a doctor for regular checkups.

Seeking Professional Help

If you are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months without success, it is important to see a doctor. They can help you determine the cause of your infertility and recommend the best course of treatment. While fertility does decline with age, it is still possible to get pregnant after 35. By being aware of the factors that affect fertility and taking steps to improve your overall health, you can increase your chances of achieving your pregnancy goals.