Managing the Biological Clock
If you have postponed having a child, you may be finding out the hard way that it becomes more difficult to conceive as you age. A recent survey conducted by the American Infertility Association shows that many women simply do not know the extent to which age impacts fertility.
The truth is, every woman is born with her lifetime supply of eggs – approximately 300,000 – and reaches her peak by the time she enters puberty. Then, the number of eggs begins to decline so that a woman’s fertility starts to decline in her late twenties making it more difficult to conceive. In addition, a woman’s risk for miscarriage rises as she ages. For men, fertility begins to decline around age 35.
Age and Your Fertility
Women who postpone trying to conceive a child often say they are astounded to learn they cannot easily get pregnant in their late 30s or early 40s.
The best way to avoid age related infertility is to not wait until your fertility begins to decline to try to conceive. However, many couples are simply not ready to start a family in their twenties or even their early thirties.
The good news is that, for couples who want to wait and then experience trouble conceiving, there are options. Fertility treatments help many couples conceive and improved high-tech procedures and new microsurgery techniques are boosting success rates as well.
If you discover you are having a problem getting pregnant, the sooner you see a doctor, the better. It is also important to keep in mind that, even with fertility treatments, age plays a factor in the success rate. Women in their 20s and early 30s have higher success rates with fertility treatment than older women.
Bottom line: Manage your biological clock. Don’t let it manage you!