Article Courtesy of AmericanPregnancy.org
Many women today find themselves trying to conceive after the age of 35. This opportunity can be full of joys and riddled with new questions. Despite the challenges, many women in their thirties and forties successfully conceive.
What are some of the challenges to conceiving after 35?
The most common cause of age-related decline in fertility is less frequent ovulation. As women age, they begin to have occasional cycles where an egg is never released. Egg quality and quantity also declines in a woman’s 30s and 40s. Other reasons conceiving after 35 may be more difficult include:
-Infection or surgery that caused scar tissue around the fallopian tubes or cervix
-Fibroids or uterine disorders
-Decrease in cervical fluid
-Chronic health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes
Miscarriage is also more common in women over 35. This is often caused by increased incidence of chromosomal abnormalities. Women aged 35-45 have a 20-35 % chance of miscarriage.
How can I increase my chance of conceiving after 35?