Why does age matter?
Age is by far the most important factor when it comes to a woman’s fertility. At 30 years, fertility starts to decline and after 35 years it starts to rapidly decline.
Isn't age just a number?
Not for your fertility, no.
A woman is born with all the eggs she is ever going to release in her lifetime. With age, the eggs start decreasing – both in quantity and quality. While maintaining a healthy lifestyle is good for having a healthy baby, it does not override the effects that age has on fertility.
At birth, there are about 1 million follicles. Each follicle has the potential to release one egg for fertilisation. By the time you hit puberty, there are only about 300,000 follicles left, and they decrease to as few as 1000 by the time you hit menopause.
A woman in her mid-20s has about 25-30% chance of conceiving every month. After 30, fertility starts to decline and post 35, the decline is rapid. By 40, the chances for conceiving are as low as 5% per month.
What are the risks of having pregnancy at a later age?
Because the eggs start to deteriorate in quality by the time a woman hits 35, the risks of genetic abnormalities and birth defects are slightly higher in babies born to older parents.
It is estimated that the risk of genetic (or chromosomal) abnormalities is roughly 1 in 400 for a woman aged 30 and roughly 1 in 100 for a woman aged 40.
Older women also have a higher risk of having gestational diabetes, stillbirth and a caesarean birth than younger women. The risk of miscarriages and complications in pregnancy also increase with age.
So, is there anything that I can do right now?
Why yes ofcourse!
Whether you are planning to have a child now, or later in the future, you can take our easy, at-home fertility test to keep a track of your fertility profile. It gives a unique, tailored-fit for your report, which will help you manage your timeline of starting a family.
Even if you are not looking to have a child, the fertility profile could provide you with useful hints on how your hormones link to your overall health.
Other useful tools
What is the best time for you to get pregnant? Try our ovulation tracker to keep a track of your cycle and your fertility window.
Try our conception checklist tool to see how you are doing on the different factors affecting your fertility.
Use our fertility timeline tool to keep a track of when and how many children you want to have, and help you plan your pregnancy journey.
Other factors that impact fertility
While planning a baby, know what time would be the best for conception.
A healthy weight (BMI) increases your chances of getting pregnant.
A healthy lifestyle has a positive effect on your fertility.
Timely diagnosis and treatment of certain health conditions could help keep your fertility in check
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Did you know?
In a study conducted by AIIIMS Delhi in 2018, only 26% of the participants were aware of the critical age threshold after which it becomes difficult to get pregnant. Test your knowledge now!!