The good news is getting pregnant after 35 may not be impossible! According to recent studies, it has been identified that over 25% of pregnant women are in fact aged 35 and above. However, there may be some challenges and risks associated with getting pregnant after 35 to watch out for.
Why does your fertility drop after 35?
At birth, you are born with all the eggs that you will ever. The estimated number is around one to two million. In fact, all these eggs go through the same aging process as you do. As you age, the number and quality of eggs you have in your ovaries gradually decrease and this reduces your fertility and chances of getting pregnant. In addition, your partner’s age plays a role in contributing to your success rate in getting pregnant. Similar to declining female fertility with age, male fertility also declines as they grow older.
How to increase your chances of getting pregnant after 35?
The best method that you can adopt is to keep track of your menstrual cycle and know when your most fertile period is. The average menstrual cycle is for a duration of 28 days and this could vary between 20 days to 40 days. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, ovulation usually occurs two weeks after your period and this would be the best time of the month to have sex.
It is also important to keep in mind that both you and your partner would have to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to increase your chances of getting pregnant after 35. You and your partner should look into making some lifestyle changes such as eating healthier food, reducing caffeine consumption, reduce stress levels, and quitting smoking.
There are also many fertility treatments to consider if you have difficulty in trying to conceive. Depending on your results, your medical practitioners might recommend you for:
- Hormone therapies
- In-vitro fertilization
- Artificial insemination
If you are still having difficulty after 6 months of trying for a baby, it is best to seek professional help. It is important not to delay help as time is of the essence and with the increasing of age, it significantly affects your odds of conceiving. With proper care and monitoring, you can go on to have normal pregnancy despite being in the older age group.