Trying to get pregnant over 35
It has become apparent over the last 40 years that women seem to be waiting longer before starting their families. In 1970 the average age for a first-time mother was about 21, but in today's world the age is 25-291 and many women conceive much later than this.
There is much 'doom and gloom' about the difficulties of conceiving later in life, and the facts quoted by medical professionals can seem dire. However, many of the statistics for women conceiving later in life are based on the results of a 300 year old study so are perhaps less relevant in today's lifestyle.2 So let's look at some facts:
- In general, women are most fertile between the ages of 18 — 31
- A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have
- This reserve of eggs reduces throughout her life. When the woman runs out of her supply of eggs, the ovaries cease to make estrogen, and she goes through menopause and is no longer fertile
It can be very distressing if conception doesn't occur as quickly as you'd expected, especially if you are older and closer to the menopause.
Whilst we cannot predict exactly when a woman will go through the menopause, recent research has suggested that her mother's age at menopause could be a good gauge of a woman's remaining supply of eggs. There are various, scientific tests which can predict how many eggs remain, such as blood tests for the Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) or FSH or ultrasound scans.
It is certainly more difficult for a woman to conceive naturally in her late 30s or 40s however, until she reaches the menopause, but there is always a chance she might become pregnant. In 2013, 20% of live births in the UK were to women 35 years old or more. Clearblue Ovulation Tests and the Clearblue Advanced Fertility Monitor can help you to identify your fertile window.
For information purposes only. Consult a doctor for medical advice.