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The Truth About Trying to Conceive After Age 35

Women today often find themselves wanting to have a baby a little later in life, after the age of 35. While it’s an exciting prospect to plan for a baby, having a baby in your mid-thirties brings up lots of questions about risks and complications, too. Luckily, there are plenty of women who successfully conceive during their late 30s and even their 40s.

As women age, they become less fertile and they ovulate less frequently. During some cycles, an egg is not actually released. In their 30s and 40s, a woman’s egg quantity declines. The total number of eggs cannot be increased, but it is possible to improve egg quality with supplements. These supplements contain folic acid, melatonin and myo-inositol.

It’s also possible that women who have had an infection or surgery, endometriosis, uterine disorders or fibroids, a decrease in cervical fluid, high blood pressure or diabetes may have trouble conceiving after the age of 35. Additionally, the risk of miscarriage increases after the age of 35 due to an increased incident of abnormalities in chromosomes. Women who are between the ages of 35 and 45 have a 20 to 35 percent chance of having a miscarriage.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the prospect of conceiving after 35. There are plenty of things you can do to increase your chances of having a healthy baby. First, make a pre-conception appointment with your doctor. You can go over your medical history, your current state of health, any medications you’re taking and your lifestyle. You’ll be able to address your concerns during this meeting. Second, make sure to stay healthy in every way possible, including physically, emotionally and mentally. Quit smoking, limit your alcohol consumption and watch how much caffeine you drink on a daily basis. Third, make it a point to observe your fertility signs by recording your basal body temperature and your cervical fluid. You’ll be able to determine the best time to have intercourse in order to conceive.

Remember that it can take longer for women over 35 to conceive. The average time it takes a couple of this age to conceive is one to two years. Just because you don’t get pregnant immediately doesn’t mean you won’t ever get pregnant. If you haven’t conceived after six months of following all recommendations, make an appointment with your doctor to talk about your progress.