A recent article in Shape magazine, “Pregnancy After 35 May Be Less Risky Than We Thought,” reminds women trying to conceive that pregnancy after age 35 is often a challenge. While age is one of the factors that influences a woman’s ability to conceive, the good news is that it is not the only factor determining a woman’s fertility or ability to conceive.
It is widely accepted that a woman’s fertility often drops off rapidly when she reaches her mid-30’s. It is true that a woman begins life with a fixed number of eggs in her ovaries, and the number decreases as she get older. At birth, she has approximately one million eggs, which dwindles to 300,000 when puberty starts. Over a woman’s reproductive life, she actually ovulates only about 300 eggs.
For a woman 35 years old or over and trying the get pregnant, all this can be pretty demoralizing news. The good news is that while generally speaking, a woman’s fertility decreases at 35, there is significant evidence in fertility research indicating that age is often not the only factor or even the most significant factor. Essentially, not every woman experiences a drop-off in fertility exactly when they turn 35, because each woman’s ovaries age at a different rate.
If you are 35 years or over, trying to conceive, and considering IVF, you may be glad to learn that age is not the only factor that will determine your chance of IVF success. From research at Stanford University and leading fertility clinics in the U.S. and abroad, Univfy researchers have found that multiple factors taken together, including age, ovarian reserve, body mass index (a measure of weight and height), prior fertility history, and other data from your health profile can accurately predict your personalized IVF success rate. Your partner's fertility factors can also be taken into account as well. By taking multiple fertility factors, Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are proven to be over 1,000 times more accurate than age-based alone estimates suggest.
Meanwhile, as you try to conceive, you can make sure you are doing what you can to look after your basic health to prepare your body. For example, eat right and exercise moderately to get to an ideal body mass index of 18 to 25, if you can. Take prenatal vitamins, such as 400mcg of folic acid daily, to significantly decrease the risk for birth defects. If you smoke, it’s best to stop smoking, as it can cause problems conceiving or birth defects.
Age will always play a critical component in determining fertility. However, knowing your personal reproductive profile is the key to understanding your fertility, and Univfy IVF Prediction Tests can help.