Age and Fertility

Sep 15, 2018

Many women are told age is a barrier to fertility. Although it can cause challenges, if you are healthy and fertile fit, you can improve your odds of conceiving either naturally or with IVF. The main thing to remember is IVF does not always mean age is no longer a barrier to starting a family and the better you prepare for pregnancy the greater the chance of a successful conception.

Statistically by the time you reach the age of 40, you have 6 hidden diseases.

Unfortunately, the reality is that getting pregnant and having a healthy baby does become more difficult as women get older. This can be caused by the increased risk of underlying hidden fertility factors like PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Disorder), endometriosis, thyroid problems, weight gain, immune problems, toxicity, high cholesterol, and many others; that cause roadblocks and problems conceiving.

By the age of 36, the chance of a woman conceiving each month is decreased by almost half from the time that she was her most fertile in her early 20s. This downward trend continues and by the age of 45, the average chance of getting pregnant each month is just 1%. It is important to remember that there are over 120 hidden roadblocks to fertility and to successfully conceive you need to get to the cause.

Most diseases are preventable or treatable if diagnosed in time.

When younger women are faced with infertility there is more likely to be a medical cause - such as blocked fallopian tubes or a partner with a low sperm count. Women over 35 are more likely to have unexplained infertility, and their problems are more likely to be linked to poor egg quality. The good news is, with the right testing to get to the cause, targeted nutritional therapy, dietary changes, and botanical medicine, you can improve your fertility.

Statistics also link age in both women and men to an increased risk of being more likely to conceive a baby that has abnormalities due to chromosome problems, which will often mean a pregnancy ends in miscarriage within the first 12 weeks.

Some studies have shown that the man’s age can also have an impact on a couple’s ability to conceive as sperm quality can decrease as a man grows older. Although the decline in fertility is not as marked as it is in women, there is an increase in genetic defects in the sperm of men aged more than 40.

And having had a baby previously is unfortunately not an indication that you will remain fertile. So-called secondary infertility is an issue for about 10% of couples and can be caused by factors such as autoimmune influences, toxicity, and thyroid problems.

Seeking help to conceive after 35

Women in their late 30s and 40s should seek early investigation and expert testing for underlying roadblocks causing infertility. They should also seek expert nutritional and lifestyle guidance. Consulting a medical herbalist and naturopath can dramatically increase your chances of conceiving. In case the need for IVF is indicated – due to medical conditions such as blocked tubes, it's important to not wait or keep trying without expert testing. When you are over 35, you really want to give yourself the best possible chance of achieving a baby and my BUMPFertility Health Check is a great place to start.

There can be all sorts of reasons for women being older before they start a family. The important thing is to be aware, informed and realistic about the age-related decline in fertility and get to the cause. Remember, there are many older women who do successfully conceive and have a baby with a helping hand from mother nature.

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