In the past, a woman’s role tended to be strictly defined by her duties as a wife and mother. As a result, many women opted to get married young and have children right away.
Today, there are more doors open to women, and many choose to focus on education and career before marriage and children. Strictly in terms of biology, this may make it more difficult for some women to become pregnant.
As a woman ages, it can become more difficult to get pregnant. In these cases, fertility treatment, such as IVF can increase the chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.
Here, Dr. Janelle Dorsett discusses the most fertile ages to provide our Lubbock, TX patients with reliable information that they can use when making decisions regarding family planning.
Is There Really a Biological Clock?
Just about any woman who isn’t pregnant by the age of 30 has heard warnings about her ticking biological clock. Although no one should feel pressured to become pregnant before they are truly ready, the unfortunate truth is that there are biological limitations to fertility.
As the body ages, hormonal changes and other factors naturally decrease fertility.
Most experts agree that a woman is most fertile while she is in her 20s. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine reports that a healthy woman will experience a natural decrease in fertility as she ages:
- A woman in her 20s has a 25 percent chance of becoming pregnant during each menstrual cycle
- By the time a woman is in her 30s, the chances drop to 20 percent each month
- Once a woman is in her 40s, there is just a five percent chance that she will become pregnant during each cycle
Most women mistakenly assume that they remain fertile until they enter menopause (which, on average, happens around the age of 50). However, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine warns women that they should expect fertility to end about five to 10 years before menopause. Although there are certainly women who successfully become pregnant in their 40s, women should plan accordingly knowing that fertility naturally decreases with age, particularly past the age of 35.
Can I Increase My Chances of Conceiving?
Women who are trying to conceive beyond their peak window of fertility should not give up hope. There are many fertility treatments that address the most common sources of infertility to increase a woman’s chances of conceiving.
However, fertility treatments do not offer any guarantees. Patients should be aware that, just as with natural conception, the chances of successful fertility treatment do decrease with age. Still, with proper planning and an appropriate treatment plan, Dr. Janelle Dorsett can maximize a patient’s chance of experiencing a healthy pregnancy and becoming a parent.
Schedule an Appointment
If you have not found it as easy to become pregnant as you had imagined, you are not alone. Countless couples deal with infertility issues, and Dr. Janelle Dorsett is here to help. To learn more about your fertility treatment options, schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. Call (806) 788-1212 to get started.