In the 30 years since I performed the first in-vitro fertilization procedure in Massachusetts, one of the first in the country, it’s incredible how many advances have been achieved over that period of time to give many couples the possibility of having a baby who might otherwise remained infertile. But one thing hasn’t changed: the impact of age on your chances for success. Several key studies have followed populations of people who did not use contraception over their entire reproductive life span to determine their fertility rates. Very consistently, the chances of a woman naturally having a baby after age 35 decline by about 50 percent, and decline by about 90 percent after age 40.
Infertility is defined as one year of attempting conception without success. Some celebrities seem to easily have babies in their 40s, and it seems simple. But sometimes, they may not disclose that they received an egg from a younger woman by a procedure called egg donation. So if having a baby is in your future plans, get started before age becomes an age-old problem. If age is a factor, don’t wait to be seen. If you’re over 35, see an infertility expert if you don’t conceive naturally within six months. If you’re over 40, be seen after 3 months of unsuccessful trying. Making a baby takes time. See my video on below, “Making A Baby Takes Time.”
The pregnancy planner and journal I created called Journal Babies is a helpful tool for getting pregnant and as a journal to follow your pregnancy and plan for the delivery. Afterward it is a lovely keepsake. If you’ve had infertility or know someone who has because age became a factor, leave a comment below.