More of us are leaving it until later on in life to have children, often putting our careers first. This means more women are first trying for a baby at 35 or beyond. The problem with leaving conception until this point is that your fertility decreases with age.
The fertility problems you will face after you reach 35 include problems with egg quality and your uterus lining. also, even when you get pregnant, miscarriage is more likely because of a risk of chromosomal problems in the baby. There is also a greater chance of suffering from natal diabetes and high blood pressure.
These problems don’t just crop up out of the blue. Rather they are a gradual process from when you reach age 32. At 40, your chance of conception will have decreased even further.
Before you try to increase your fertility it is good to have a starting point to work from. Levels of FSH are measured to check egg quality, with a score under 10 meaning the egg is of high quality. Another measure is how regular your menstrual cycle is, and the findings of any fertility chart you may have. High regularity of your cycle means better quality eggs.
You are defined as having fertility issues if you cannot conceive after six months of unprotected sex. After this point you really should see a specialist, and because appointments can be hard to get you should plan one in advance of the six month point.
Seeing A Fertility Specialist
You should prepare for an appointment by asking what details the specialist would like you to bring. Things they may ask for is a 3 month history of your cycles and your body temperature readings.
What a specialist can tell you is whether your eggs are of good quality and your fallopian tube state (open or blocked).
If you are older than 35 you will probably be given genetic counselling to take you through the risks of getting pregnant after 35 as well as determining if you want chromosome tests and genetic testing. You can get this done before you become pregnant to see if there is a risk of passing genetic abnormalities to your baby.
There is a higher chance of having a baby with Down’s Syndrome as you get older so it may be worth deciding to get genetic testing done on your baby if this could be an issue.
There is hope if you have decreased fertility. 20% of first babies in the US were born to women over 35. With advances in science your chances of conceiving over 35 are improving all the time.
There are some things to do to improve your chances such as losing weight, giving up smoking, cutting down on caffeine and alcohol and exercising regularly. Not only do these tips give you a better chance of conception, they also increase your odds of having a healthy baby.
There is a definitive guide to increasing your fertility and getting pregnant in 2-4 months, no matter what your age and no matter what your reason for infertility. It is called Pregnancy Miracle and comes in the form of a downloadable report that details a plan to get you pregnant in just a few months as well as loads of tips and information on how to increase your fertility naturally and holistically.