Whether you wanted to pursue your career first or you found your partner later in life, it is not uncommon for women over the age of 35 to question whether they are too old to get pregnant. Waiting until your late 30’s to start (or extend) your family can be a quick and easy experience for some women. However, don’t be alarmed if you suffer from some conception challenges after waiting later in life to have a baby.
While men do undergo a decreasing sperm count as they age, it is not uncommon for a man to be able to produce sperm and conceive a child into their 70’s or older! Women, however, do not have such a relaxed timeline in terms of conceiving. Most women have depleted all or most of their eggs by the age 51. Here’s a closer look at why women may struggle to get pregnant after the age of 35 and what it can mean for you.
Is Your Biological Clock Really Ticking?
The female human body is born with 1-2 million eggs inside tiny baby ovaries. Most of those eggs, however, are reabsorbed into the body fairly fast. By adolescence, females have about about 300,000 to 500,000 eggs that could potentially become a baby one day. Every year that goes by, the number of eggs left in your ovaries is further depleted. While there is so magic year that this happens, it has been generally found that the decline of ovarian reserves steepens around the age of 32 to 37. This is why some women choose to freeze their eggs early on when they know they don’t want to get pregnant until after age 35.
The phrase “my biological clock is ticking” refers to the pressure that women feel to get pregnant before their number of healthy eggs rapidly diminishes. While there are both myths and facts to this common reference, it is true that women trying to conceive over the age of 35 can be considered “infertile” after only trying for six months.
Let a Professional Help
If it has been six months and you are struggling to start your family in your late 30’s, seek a qualified provider for help. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we can test both partners for reproductive issues and determine what may be causing your inability to conceive and make appropriate treatment recommendations. In many cases, lifestyle modifications can lessen fertility challenges, including a and health could increase your chances of conception. Others may need medical intervention for a structural problem or hormone imbalance.
Call North Pointe OB/GYN today to learn more about whether a healthy and successful pregnancy is still within reach after 35.