Women Are Waiting Longer Than Ever to Get Pregnant — Do We Need a Plan for Our Fertility?

December 26, 2019 | Yesmom

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Top Things to Know :

  • The average age of having a baby has significantly been delayed in women today as compared to their previous generations.
  • Though many women are not ready for motherhood yet, they worry about being able to conceive later in their life.
  • There are assisted reproductive technologies such as egg freezing and IVF available for women who plan to have a baby later in their life or have problems getting pregnant.
  • Women can now easily access fertility tests that enable them to understand their body better – the functioning of ovaries, the egg reserve, all of which can help them make an informed decision about when to embrace motherhood.

About 20-30% of Indian women are opting for late motherhood[1]. There is no right age to become a mother, and more and more Indian women today are choosing to embrace the role much after their 30s years of age. However, this choice could be slightly worrisome because women’s fertility declines with age!

 

Women’s ability to get pregnant naturally decreases as they grow older. Women are most fertile in their mid-20s years of age, but their chance of getting pregnant in each monthly cycle is reduced to 20% as they reach their 30s. By the time women reach 40 years old, the chances of conceiving in each cycle drop to only 5%! So, women who decide to have a baby later in their life should be aware of this alarming fact.

 

Why Does Fertility Decline with Age?

The main reason for declining fertility in women as they age is the fact that each woman is born with a specific number of eggs, roughly about 1 million, and these eggs keep reducing as they age. Around 37 years old, we have about 2.5% of the egg count we were born with left which, as a consequence, lower our chances of conception to a really small number[2]. Apart from the decreasing number of eggs, eggs in older ages also tend to have many aberrations which increase chances of a miscarriage and genetic conditions in the fetus.

 

What are Options for Late Conception?

Today, there are many options available that can help you preserve your fertility until you are ready to have a baby. One of the most commonly used fertility preservation techniques is egg freezing, where a woman can choose to freeze her eggs in order to preserve them for later use. Not just preserving your fertility, but with the advancement in technology today, it is now possible to have a healthy and safe pregnancy even if you are in your mid-30s. A popularly used method for this is assisted-reproductive techniques like IVF that has helped millions of women worldwide and in India, to conceive and fulfil their wish of becoming a mother much after their mid-30s.

 

Fertility Tests Are Extremely Helpful

 

If you are a woman who is plagued by many worried thoughts, actually there is no reason to fret! Today, fertility tests are available to help you out of your misery by telling you about how fertile you are and whether you are entering troubled waters. These fertility tests are essentially hormonal tests that give you and your doctor a clear picture about the level of hormones.

 

Based on your hormonal tests, your doctor will be able to gauge if your ovaries are functioning well and produce enough egg. With these tests becoming increasingly affordable and accessible, more and more women are getting them done to monitor their fertility through the years.

 

Is There the ‘Best Time’ to Have a Baby?

 

Though about 20-30% Indian women opting for late motherhood[3], there are many studies conducted and found that the best time to have a baby is when you are between 24-34 years, as this is when a woman’s fertility is at its peak. According to a study by Franasaik JM et al. published in 2014, a woman who conceives in her 30s or above has about 31% chance of having a chromosomal abnormality in the embryo and this number rises to 100% in women who are trying to conceive above 40 years of age [4].

 

If you are reflecting upon becoming a mother someday, have a fertility plan is important and you must also discuss the same with your doctor, family, and partner. The fertility tests available today are advanced and extremely reliable for you to trust in them and devise a plan for your parenthood dreams.

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