All modern women probably have thought about this at one point in their lives – ‘Have I waited too long to have kids? At what age does it become difficult?’
All sorts of ages have been thrown at us. The most recent one – thirty-five is the age when a woman’s chances of getting pregnant start to plummet. That number is so scary for women who want to have kids that the stress levels end up hindering their chances of getting pregnant.
The ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) reports:
A woman’s best reproductive years are in her 20s. Fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35. Each month that she tries, a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant. That means that for every 100 fertile 30-year-old women trying to get pregnant in 1 cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again. By age 40, a woman’s chance is less than 5% per cycle, so fewer than 5 out of every 100 women are expected to be successful each month.
So the age 35 has been completely blown out of proportion. The REAL age when getting pregnant becomes difficult is 40! Difficult, NOT impossible.
According to the Atlantic:
“Among 38 and 39 year olds who had been pregnant before, 80 percent of white women of normal weight got pregnant naturally within six months, according to a study by Anne Steiner, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. ‘In our data, we’re not seeing huge drops until age 40,’ Steiner told The Atlantic.”
“The widely cited statistic that one in three women ages 35 to 39 will not be pregnant after a year of trying, for instance, is based on an article published in 2004 in the journal Human Reproduction. Rarely mentioned is the source of the data: French birth records from 1670 to 1830. Millions of women are being told when to get pregnant based on statistics from a time before electricity, antibiotics, or fertility treatment.”
So ladies don’t get into any baby panic mode.. not just yet. If you want to have a baby you surely CAN! Remember it’s your body and it’s your decision.
Source: ASRM, Atlantic