Age & Fertility

Age is a common cause of infertility for many couples and individuals who are trying to have a baby. In fact, about one-third of couples that include a woman over the age of 35 will experience some form of infertility.1

At The Fertility Institute, we understand the relationship between age and fertility, and our specialists are here to help you achieve your dream of having a baby, no matter your age or personal situation.

How Does Fertility Change as You Age?

As women age, your fertility begins to decline. You are born with a fixed number of eggs in your ovaries that begin to decrease the older you become. Any remaining eggs will also lose quality with age, making fertilization more difficult and leading to a higher risk of miscarriage. Once the loss of egg quantity and quality reaches a critical point, it is known as diminished ovarian reserve.

Since the ovarian reserve decreases with age, it can make pregnancy more challenging. Around 1 in 4 women in a healthy couple will become pregnant per menstrual cycle in their 20s and early 30s, which decreases to about 1 in 10 women by age 40.2

A man’s fertility will also decrease with age, though this is not as predictable.

Can I Still Have a Baby as an Older Parent?

The short answer is yes—it is entirely possible to have a baby if you are at an advanced reproductive age.

However, you may need the support of fertility treatments from The Fertility Institute to make this dream a reality. Our specialists can recommend the right plan for your age, health, and family goals.

For women over 35, we recommend you meet with one of our fertility specialists after six months of trying to conceive. Women over 40 can meet with us before even trying, so we can work together to determine the best treatment plan.

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