Age is no barrier to achieving many things. But it can reduce the chance of a woman getting pregnant and having a healthy baby. A woman’s age is the single most important factor affecting her fertility.
Age is the single most important factor affecting your fertility and your chances of having a child.
Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have. As a woman ages, her eggs age with her, diminishing in quantity and quality.
Age is not something we can control. But if you want a baby or another baby, and you’re in a relationship, you can have a conversation with your partner sooner rather than later.
The father’s age can also impact on chance of conception, time to pregnancy, risk of miscarriage and the health of the child.
As a woman ages, it takes longer to conceive and the risk of not being able to get pregnant increases. Also, the risk of miscarriage, and complications in pregnancy and childbirth, increase.
Chances of getting pregnant without IVF
Pregnancy and birth risks for older mothers
"Women can have children at any age – lots of women have babies in their 40s."
Age is the most important factor affecting a woman’s chance to conceive and have a healthy child.
As women age their fertility declines. A woman’s fertility starts to decline in her early 30s, with the decline speeding up after 35. At 40 a woman only has a 5% chance of becoming pregnant in any month. This is because a woman is born with all the eggs she is going to have in her lifetime. As she ages her eggs age with her, decreasing in quality and number.
'Assisted reproductive technology in Australia and New Zealand 2011', National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit (NPESU), University of New South Wales
With Dr Melanie McDowall, Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, for Your Fertility.
These fertility fact sheets have been developed by the Fertility Coalition in association with the Fertility Society of Australia's Preconception Health Special Interest Group. They are aimed at health professionals so they are only to be read by those keen on the science of it all!
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