How does age affect my fertility?
Age influences most things in life, and for women, this also includes fertility. The average age of women in the UK having their first baby is rising every year. In the UK the average age is 30.3 and 53% of all babies are born to women over the age of 30.
Why are women waiting so long? Choice. There are more choices available to everyone than ever before. Choice over careers, over marriage, over experiences and much more. Women are waiting longer to have their first baby so that they can live more.
Your most fertile years are in your 20’s. This reduces when you hit your 30’s and even more so in your 40’s.
The time it takes to conceive can increase in your 30’s but statistics are generally good and suggest that within two years, 94% of 30 – 34 year olds will conceive and 90% of 35 – 39 year olds. Although most women will be advised to try for at least one year and then seek help, continuing to proactively try to conceive can also be beneficial.
If you have any questions about the “how long you have been trying to conceive for” question, call us today.
What does my age mean for me?
Many women in their early 30’s are able to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy. When you reach 35, there is a significant decrease in the number of ovulations you are likely to have. Sometimes, the quality of the eggs also decreases.
This means that over 35, the main cause of infertility is related to the lack of healthy eggs. Either through reduced ovulation or because of the health of the egg.
When women reach 40, only 2 in 5 will be able to conceive naturally as the number and quality continues to reduce.
What are the options if I am over 35?
Before you start to panic, know that the number of babies to women over 30 has risen in recent years and the advancement of technology and medical research means that there are many options available to you.
The first is to have an initial consultation with an IVF specialist who can better understand your position. They will advise the best way forward and the next steps to take.
In many cases, if the cause of not being able to conceive is due to a low egg count or poor egg quality, egg donation will be offered as a solution.
Tell me more about egg donation …
Egg donation is often a mysterious topic in the UK because of the laws surrounding it. Legally, there is no anonymity for eggs donated within the UK. This is not always a preferred option for most people looking to pursue IVF using egg donation.
In Europe, there are different laws in different countries but generally anonymity is granted.
Assured Fertility has partnered with reputable clinics in Europe with high success rates, often 90%+ for egg donation patients.
How does egg donation work?
Egg donation involves an egg donor who will have their eggs harvested. These eggs are used to create embryos using your partner’s sperm which are then implanted, in the same way as the IVF process would work. This is less stressful for you and means you will not be taking medication for 3 months. Sometimes this can also reduce the time for IVF to happen.
Will it be my baby?
Absolutely! We understand the concern and can reassure you that the baby will be growing in your body and nurtured by you, during pregnancy and after. This baby is 100% your baby.
Assured Fertility works with leading fertility experts and cutting edge technology so that we can support IVF for more people. Our confidence is backed with our guarantee – if you do not have a baby, you will pay nothing.
Call today to get a bespoke solution for you – 0333 234 0895.