Does Age affect Fertility?

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Are you one of those couple who have taken the decision to start a family and are wondering how long will it take to get pregnant? Most men and women now -a -days postpone the decision to get conceived till they feel it is the right time. Many couples even delay conceiving a child due to their personal or professional obligations. In fact the number of women getting conceived after the age of 30 has risen dramatically in recent years.

There are many good test tube baby centres in big cities like Aurangabad where a man or woman can get professional treatment for fertility in case you plan for a child in your late 30’s. Endo world is one such infertility clinic in Aurangabad where leading Gynaecologists in Aurangabad personally attend to you and treat you. Hence you can be rest assured that you would be in safe hands

If you are a woman in your late 30’s and worried about your fertility, then there are a few thing s you ought to know such as how age affects your fertility?

Is there any relation between my age and fertility and does my age affect fertility in any way?

Yes, very true. Fertility does tend to decline in women from the age of 30, dropping even faster after the age of 35. In older women, the chances of getting pregnant fall sharply and the likelihood of infertility increases. If a woman tries to conceive in her 20’S, she has 25 to 30 percent better chance to get pregnant while her fertility starts to decline after the age of 30 and declines rapidly after 35. In fact after the age of 40, the possibility of getting pregnant in any monthly cycle is drastically reduced to around 5 percent.

Reasons for Rapid decline of Fertility:

The common causes of fertility as seen in women are

  • Ovulation problems
  • Blockages to the fallopian tubes as a result of infection.

The problem of ovulation can arise as one gets older. Following are the commonly seen ovulation problems in women:

Ovulation problems

  • Fewer good quality eggs making it difficult to conceive. The number of eggs (Ovarian reserve) tends to decline with age. The test conducted for ovarian reserve can only reveal information about the quantity of eggs and not the quality.
  • Some one percent women go through early menopause and thus stop ovulation before the age of 40.
  • Periods tend to become irregular in some women as they approach menopause .As a result; they get fewer periods and increased irregular ovulation.

Blockages to the fallopian tubes as a result of infection.

Blockages to the fallopian tube can occur as a result of infection. Hence looking after general health as well as sexual health is very essential for a woman, more so if she is try to conceive whatever may be her age.

Conditions affecting fertility:

  • Untreated Chlamydia infection developing into inflammatory pelvic disease blocking fallopian tubes preventing fertilisation or increasing the chances of ectopic pregnancy.
  • Endometriosis causing thickening of fallopian tubes with scar tissue. With aging, the chance of endometriosis becoming extensive is high.
  • Fibroids are commonly seen in women over the age of 30 and could even cause infertility in some.
  • Obesity is another condition that affects fertility.

One of the common misconceptions is that age related infertility can be overcome by infertility treatment but a woman’s age hampers the chances of success with IVF.

Though the effects of woman’s age on fertility is known for quite some time, studies have proved that even a man’s age affects the chances of pregnancy and pregnancy health. Men trying to conceive over the age of 40 tend to have poor semen quality.

Irrespective of age, it is always better to take good care of yourself to conceive naturally and have a healthy pregnancy.

Dr. Pandit Palaskar

Dr. Pandit Palaskar

Dr. Pandit Palaskar is one of the best IVF doctors in India. He has vast experience of 20+ years with thousands of cases performed in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility.

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