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It’s generally considered less than polite to ask a lady her age. But in the world of fertility, it will be the number one question you’re asked. That’s because female age is one infertility factor we can do little to combat. While Hollywood might be telling you a different story (hint - don’t believe everything you read), our experience shows that conceiving and giving birth using your own eggs after the age of 45 is extremely rare.
Now that’s obviously the upper end of the age conversation and you might be thinking, “I’m 10 years younger than that so I’m fine”. Unfortunately, and we’re not trying to be alarmist when we say this, fertility actually peaks at 22 and gradually declines from then on. Unfortunately the decline picks up pace and begins to be an issue from 33 or so, falling even more dramatically after 35.
Age works against fertility in several ways. It increases the likelihood you’ll suffer from problems with ovulation or your cycle and it also impacts on the health and number of eggs you have.
As your age advances beyond approximately 33, it’s more and more likely that your aging eggs will let the side down when it comes to conception. At first this will just be sporadically, but eventually it will be so thorough that you’ll essentially be sterile. And that can happen years before menopause. You see, the issue is that you are born with all of the eggs you’ll ever have - approximately two million and by the time of your first period, that number will have dropped to approximately 300,000. Not only is the number of eggs you have falling as you get older but the quality of the ones you have left also diminishes.
From our own research we’ve found that many couples wait for more than two years before seeking fertility treatment. The problem with that is that if you’re 36 and you decide to wait for the average time, you’ll be 38 by the time you seek treatment and your chances of conceiving could have declined.
The bottomline is - don’t wait! Get checked out to make sure there isn’t a medical issue that no amount of waiting will fix.
As you can see from the graph below, by the time you’re 36 your chance of conceiving per month is decreased by half - and that’s if there are no other factors at play. The downward slope continues until by age 45 the average natural fertility rate per month is approximately one per cent.
You can read about the success rates at our clinics for your age bracket to learn more.
The #1 piece of advice our patients pass on to people trying to conceive is to ask for help earlier. Genea's Fertility Specialists are experts in helping people conceive and seeing one is not a fast track to IVF - in fact we help more than 50% our patients have a baby with fertility treatments other than IVF.
There are several reasons why live births become rare as women pass the milestone age of 40:
Likelihood of fertility decreasing conditions, such as endometriosis or fibroids increases with age;
Of course, all of this information is general and the figures are averages. Some women will remain fertile into their 40s and others will find their fertility drops off earlier. Unfortunately it’s part of life’s lottery.
Genea does not discriminate on the basis of age. When you come to us for treatment, we will make sure that you are aware of the average chance of success for women in your age group, as well as the chance of miscarriage and genetic abnormality. Then we will respect your decision as to whether you would like to have treatment or not. So give us a call to discuss your options.
If you are wondering when is the right time to seek help, you are not alone. Our recommendations are to seek help if you’re under 35 and have been trying for 12 months or more with no luck. Alternatively, if you’re over 35 and have been trying for six months without success, we encourage you to speak with your GP or a Fertility Specialist.
If you would like more information or would like to speak to someone about your options, contact Genea’s Fertility Advisors using the form below.
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