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I found this research article interesting.  I am surprised, even after all these years of learning about infertility, how womans’ ability to get pregnant drops off after age 35.  I think we need to get that message out.  There are obviously fertility issues not related to age but there is a large percentage that are.  If you are over 35 and finding out the statistics it doesn’t mean you are doomed it just means you can be more aggressive with your treatments and inform your doctor you want to me more aggressive (not so much wait and see).  This is just an excerpt from the research study:

Age And Infertility:
The Biological Clock: Fact Or Fiction?

Michael Fox, M.D

“From these studies a noticeable decline in fertility begins between age 30 and 33 and a much steeper decline begins at 35-38 years of age for the female partner. The decline in male fertility are much less dramatic and only become significant in the late forties and early fifties. In these studies, when age at first marriage for nulliparous women was specifically evaluated, the risk of never conceiving for the 35-40 year age group was 30 % and for the 40-44 year age group, 64%. Infertility, on the other hand, in longitudinal studies is less common. For the Hutterite population, 11% demonstrated infertility from age 35-39, 33% at age 40 and 87% by age 45. This population had an overall sterility rate of 2.4% which is exceptionally low. This could be explained by the low tubal disease in such a closely knit religious community. Other studies looking at age and IVF pregnancy rate show an extremely low per cycle pregnancy rate (1% or less) in women 44 and older. In summary, on average women go from a near normal pregnancy rate at age 35 to nearly zero at age 43, a short 8 years.”

Being informed can help you make the best decision as to what your next step should be.

-Cindy

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