For most women, egg production peaks between the ages of 24 to 26. By the late 30s, getting pregnant might be an uphill, if not an impossible task. With new findings in the field of medical care, more and more women are able to get pregnant after they turn 35. Here are 5 things to know about fertility after 35:
- A woman in her late 30s has 20-25% chances of conceiving per cycle.
According to a study by David Dunson of Duke University, a woman in her late 30s has as much as 20-25% chance of conceiving per menstrual cycle. There is a 6-day window in every menstrual cycle during which pregnancy can occur. On her most fertile day, which is around one or two days before ovulation, a woman in her late 30s has about half the chances of conceiving as compared to someone in her early 20s.
- Women in their late 30s have about 70-80% chances of conceiving in a year.
A survey of pregnant British women, conducted by Mohamed Hassan and Stephen Killick found that 72% of 35 to 39-year-old women reported conceiving within a year of trying. An additional 10-15% of women were able to conceive within their second year of trying. Compared to women under the age of 25 years, these women took a longer time to become pregnant. This shows that it is not impossible to get pregnant after the age of 35.
- Women who have given birth have higher chances of carrying again in their 30s.
Women who have previously given birth do not show much drop in fertility until they’re around 38 years old. However, for women who have never given birth before, the drop in fertility happens much earlier, around age 33 or 34. The biological mechanism for this is unclear but it is believed that the birth somehow ‘resets’ a woman’s fertility.
- Male fertility also decreases in his 40s
When women in their late 30s are paired with older partners, they have lower per-cycle chances of conceiving, and a lower chance of becoming pregnant within a year. According to a research, a woman in her late 30s with a partner around the same age had about 29% chances of conceiving, as compared to a woman in her late 30s with a partner who is 5 years or more older, who had an 18% chance of conceiving. Consult our team at KIMS Cuddles to know more.
- Lifestyle plays a big role on fertility
Use of drugs, alcohol, smoking and obesity, all play an important role on a woman’s fertility. It has been found that smokers go through menopause 1-2 years earlier than non-smokers. Therefore, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for women trying to conceive in their mid to late 30s.
Although fertility does decline with age, it is not impossible to get pregnant in mid to late 30s. If you’re trying to have a late pregnancy, talk to our team of experts at KIMS Cuddles for guidance and support.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance