Age and Fertility

The media is constantly reminding women of the impact of their age on their fertility. According to many newspapers, by 30, your fertility levels have already started to fall, by 35, you should be starting to worry, and by the age of 40, there is really very little hope left of conceiving at all.

If you have found yourself in this situation, whether because it took time to meet the future father of your children, or because of a demanding career, it is only natural to be worried if you are still not pregnant after three to four months of trying. Statistics show that women over the age of 35 still have a good chance of conceiving, and following the DuoFertility programme we can help you to maximise this chance. So take your time deciding what is the right option for you and be sure to discuss any worries you may have with your doctor.

Assuming that ovulation occurs regularly each cycle, that sexual intercourse takes place during your most fertile days, and that there are no medical or health problems, statistics show that:

  • At the age of 25, a woman has a 30% –35% chance of conceiving per cycle.
  • At the age of 35, a woman has a 15% –20% chance of conceiving per cycle.
  • At the age of 45, a woman has a 3% –5% chance of conceiving per cycle.

Your Partner’s Age

Scientific studies have indicated that the age of a man can also affect your chances of getting pregnant. The reasons for this are not fully understood, but it is believed that the quality of sperm decreases with age, so delayed fatherhood may reduce your chances of successfully conceiving.

With DuoFertility, under the care of our fertility experts, you can be reassured that we will take into account both male and female factors affecting your fertility.  If you are concerned that the age of your partner may have an effect on the probability of getting pregnant,  we can advise you on the next steps to take.

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