The fertility of both males and females differ and change drastically as and when they age. Once puberty is attained in teens, all humans become fertile. The beginning of the reproductive stage in girls is achieved by the starting of menstruation and ovulation. This stage continues up until menopause.
In the modern age, both women and men have been delaying to start their own families. Thanks to birth control methods, one can conceive and have babies, according to their comfort. But does one’s body support it at every age? No. One’s fertility declines naturally with age. Read the article further to understand about pregnancy in each phase of your life.
1. AGES 18 TO 28
A female is the most fertile in this age group. Most women conceive without many complications if they don’t have any major health issues. The quality of eggs produced by you is healthy. The quantity is also more.
You have more chances to conceive at/before age 27 than after it. Some studies have suggested that once you pass the age of 28, your chances of getting pregnant significantly reduce by 30%.
2. AGES 29 TO 39
Fertility is pretty much attainable until the age of 32. But after 32, it declines and this decline speeds up once you pass 35. The number of eggs produced decreases along with its quality. There are only 20,000 eggs left in your body.
The pregnancy-related complications increase dramatically post 35 years of age. The chances of having babies with inborn or genetic defects are also greater. At this stage, it is important to visit a doctor before proceeding with the pregnancy.
3. AGES 40 TILL MENOPAUSE
This is the riskiest stage for a woman trying to conceive. The chances of having a baby are less than 30%. Most of the miscarriages are reported by women in this age group. The number of eggs is few and they may have chromosomal defects. Babies can be born with defects.
Most women are lucky enough to have healthy babies, but there are the following risks:
- low birth weight
- premature baby
- delivery via C-section
- still-born baby
- genetic defects
Extra monitoring and testing are required by any woman trying to conceive past the age of 40.
Almost all women are born with 1 million eggs. That’s the total count for your whole life! Women face common medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes after 35-40. This can hamper with your chances of having a baby.
It becomes very essential to consult a doctor and make a fertility test. You might also consult a fertility specialist if you haven’t got pregnant after trying for six months or more. In either case, they’ll suggest the best treatment for you in order to have a healthy baby. They assist you in different ways to overcome the age factor and/or infertility issues. The procedure can be explained in short:
1. They take your blood sample as well as your partner’s. This is to check the health parameters of both of you.
2. They suggest the treatment suited for your body to conceive.
3. Once pregnant, you’ll need to do checkups whenever your doctor asks you to.
You can become pregnant after you pass 30 or 35. But know such pregnancies come with their own risks. It is important to contact a gynecologist for more information.