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Baby Panic? The Truth About Fertility After 35

Alison Wood |22, July 2013


It's a new trend in society due to women becoming more involved in the business and world out side their homes. The majority of American women are marrying in their late twenties and then waiting several years, maybe even ten or more, to try to conceive a little one. Women like to feel in control of their lives and many of them desire to make a name for themselves before becoming a mom.

Other women dream of having kids before they even marry, and yet find that "perfect match" in their mid or late thirties. Then, comes the baby carriage, and most women who marry later in life immediately hit "baby panic" — the fear of not being able to conceive.

"Your clock is ticking girl!" you may hear from your grandmother.

Well, yes it is. But does your chance of fertility drastically decrease like most medical reports say?

Let's consider studies that research "cycle viability". This has been medically proven to be the most effective way to measure a woman's fertility. The cycle viability is simply the odds of a women conceiving is she has intercourse on her most fertile day of her cycle. Studies that focus on cycle viability carefully watch and record data of couples as they attempt to conceive. They do not focus on couples that have already conceived.

A study performed by scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in North Carolina and the University of Padua, Italy researched 872 couples who had no known health problems. This study seemed to point to the thought that yes, women's fertility does indeed drop after thirty, but the women in this study were still able to conceive, it just took more time than their younger moms-to-be.

One of the research team members, David Junsen is quoted as stating:

"Though we note a decline in fertility in the late 20s, what we found was a decrease in the probability of becoming pregnant per menstrual cycle, not in the probability of eventually achieving a pregnancy. Many researchers feel that decline with age during the reproductive years is continuous, though gradual."

Infertility rates can be caused by several factors, including the deterioration of a woman's eggs, which normally begin deteriorating in the late 20s. Also, men's fertility rate decreases after the age of 35 as well.

Women who fear being unable to conceive after 35 should take a breather and relax. There is still a good probability of becoming pregnant if intercourse is timed right. Choosing the most fertile days of ovulation is your best choice. You can still conceive and have your dream of pitter-pattering children romping through your home; it just may take a little longer than suspected.

Some doctors still recommend that you see a fertility specialist if you desire to conceive a baby at 35 years or older. Doing this, will just give you a head start and let you know your options if you do indeed have trouble conceiving after six months of trying.

Twenty years ago most women were giving birth around ages 25 to 29 years. Now, most women give birth around 30 to 34 years of age.

In the year 2000, 85,000 women gave birth to a healthy baby — and they were over the age of 35. These statistics are from the Office of National Statistics.

What to know another shocking statistic? In 2008, over 26,000 mothers gave birth to a healthy baby and were all the age of 40 or above.

Definitely science and fertility research is enabling women to conceive after their prime time.

If you're in a situation where you desire to have little ones and you feel like it's too late in the game — don't lose hope! Talk with a fertility specialist today as well as time your intimate evenings with your spouse around the first two days of ovulation. Most likely you will not need any fertility treatments, just some extra time. Keep your chin up. You may be painting your nursery pink or blue in less time than you dreamed!

Sources: DailyMail

Alison Wood is a stay-at-home mom of six and freelance writer and blogger. She enjoys raising her six children and desires to share her experiences to help other mothers.

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