The Effect of Time
A woman’s fertility peaks in her early 20’s. Planning a family to coincide with this time of life is not a practical reality for many modern women. Experts agree the best way for a woman to achieve spontaneous fertility is to try for a baby as early on in her adult life as possible.
After 34, the chance of pregnancy occurring each month reduces because of age related changes that occur in the egg and in the early embryo.
The fertile ovary contains a large resting pool of tiny follicles, each containing a single egg. Each month a number of follicles are “recruited” to develop. It takes 120 days for a single dominant follicle to develop to the point of ovulation.
During this time, the egg accumulates 100,000’s of mitochondria (the source of energy for the future embryo) and ‘prints’ copies of the cellular instructions, critical to early embryo development.
After 35, a normal and natural decline in female fertility occurs. Menstrual cycles shorten. Women accumulate gynaecological problems like fibroids, adenomyosis and progressive endometriosis. Egg quality irreversibly declines to the point that 50% of women at the age of 40 will not be able to conceive successfully without the aid of a donated egg from a younger donor.
Having a baby after 35 is definitely possible for many women. In this circumstance, time is precious and you may require some help. If you do need help, seeking it out sooner rather than later can make a big difference to your outcomes with fertility treatment. It is really important to consider your ultimate fertility goals. If you are over 35, have not conceived within 6 months of trying, it is time to make contact with a fertility specialist. If you would ultimately like to have more than one child, let’s talk about that! If you are starting your family later in life but are determined to achieve your goal of having a larger family, we can plan for that, using technologies like IVF where eggs and embryos can be frozen for use into the future.
Well Woman Fertility Health Check
Where fertility is concerned, knowledge is power. The earlier you gain that knowledge, the more insight and options you can access. In a Well Woman Fertility Health Check you will have:
- A comprehensive assessment of your reproductive health.
- Access to pre-conception screening.
- A detailed assessment of your ovarian reserve.
The aim of this consultation is to optimize your chance of future pregnancy. We will talk about all the options available to you, immediate and long-term. We can provide you with evidence-based pregnancy planning advice, empowering you to strategically plan your future. The Well Woman Fertility Health Check is suited both to women planning a pregnancy immediately and women exploring future options for fertility and long term family planning.
As a single woman approaching or beyond the age of 30, your fertility is an important issue. A Well Woman Fertility Check assessment can help you to stay in control.