A lot of women today are delaying their pregnancy into their 30s or beyond and delivering healthy babies. However, a lot of women feel that getting pregnant after the age of 35 can bring along a lot of complications for the mother.
We asked Dr.Sumana Gurunath, Consultant Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bengaluru some common questions women have related to getting pregnant after 35. Read on to know what the expert has to say.
1. Is Getting Pregnant At 35 Difficult?
The expert shared, "Fertility declines as a woman ages. A healthy woman in her 20s has a 1 in 4 chance of conceiving every month. But at 40, she has just a 5% chance of getting pregnant per cycle. With age it may take longer to conceive.
A woman is born with all the eggs she needs in her whole life. As eggs are ovulated every month, they are constantly utilised and the residual number and quality reduce with age. After 30, fertility starts to decline and becomes more rapid after 35."
2. How Long Should A Woman Try Before "Seeking Help From A Doctor?
After 35, women are advised to try naturally for six months and seek early help of a fertility specialist if unsuccessful," she shared.
3. What Will Be The Pregnancy Complications After 35?
The expert shared that there may be a greater chance of complications in pregnancy such as developing hypertension, diabetes, delivering preterm and needing cesarean section for delivery.
4. Will The Baby Be Healthy If I Conceive After 35?
The expert further shared that the likelihood of miscarriage climbs with age. While a 25 year old has 10-12% chance of miscarriage, a 40-year-old has about a 40% chance. Older eggs tend to contain abnormal number of chromosomes. This results in increasing risks of Down’s syndrome after 35. The risk of having a baby with Down syndrome is 1 in 1200 at age 25, 1 in 250 at 35 and 1 in 100 at age 40.
5. How Do Celebrities Easily Get Pregnant At 40?
Dr.Sumana Gurunath, Consultant Infertility and Reproductive Medicine, shared, "Egg reserve is highly individualistic and no two people of same age have similar egg reserve. You must consult a doctor to understand your body better and determine what is right for you. 10% of women lose eggs quickly and age early. This condition is called premature ovarian ageing. This means that in some women, ovaries are older than their actual chronological age."
6. How Can I Preserve My Fertility?
The expert shared that there are a lot of options like egg freezing (if the woman is not married) or embryo freezing for fertility preservation but these methods do not guarantee pregnancy at later age.
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7. How Successful Is IVF?
"Success rates of all fertility treatments are dependent upon the age of the woman and her egg reserve. IVF success rates decline with lesser number and quality of eggs. It is important to remember that treatment cannot reverse the effect of ageing," the expert shared.
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