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Age and Fertility

Age and Fertility

Age and Fertility: Effects of age on the fertility

Your fertility has a direct relationship with your fertility. Age has a negative effect on your fertility and this is true form men and women.

Your fertility has a direct relationship with your fertility. Age has a negative effect on your fertility and this is true form men and women.

If you plan on getting pregnant in your later ages (Mid and late 30s) it is very likely that you would be able to get pregnant without any problems but getting pregnant in your later ages might take longer.


Effect of age on women


With age fertility decreases. A woman is at the peak of her fertility in her 20’s which starts to decrease in her 30s and it further drastically decreases after the age of 35, According to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists by the age a woman reaches 45 the chances of achieving pregnancy becomes almost impossible.

According to WebMD

  • The chances of pregnancy in women in her 20’s are about 25%

  • The chances of pregnancy decrease to about 10% in her 30’s

  • The chances of pregnancy are about 5% in her 40’s

  • The chances of getting pregnant after the age of 45 are about 0.6%

  • Chances of miscarriages for women in her 40’s is about 40% compared to 15% in her  20’s
  • When a woman is born she is born with approximately 1 million oocytes and this further decreases to 300-400 thousand in her puberty and further decreases to 25000 (About 2.5% of the starting number) by the time she reaches 37.

  • As you age risks of uterine fibroids and problems like endometriosis rises.


Fertility surely decreases with age but it’s not impossible, There have been cases of natural conception by women even in their 70s.

According to betterhealth.vic.gov.au

Chances of Healthy Child Birth based on the age of women


Effect of age on men


Men produce about 100-200 million sperms each day but age affects fertility in men too. According to a NCBI study of 8000 pregnancy conceptions decrease by up to 30% for men in their 40’s compared to men below ’30s.


There have been several studies that show indicate that sperm morphology, mobility, and volume also decrease with age but the results of these studies have been not agreed upon by everyone.

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