- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
So there were a few threads about TTC after the age of 30 and being too “old” or whatnot. I’m probably not going to TTC before age 29-30 at the earliest, so I figured I should really get some facts because some bees said one thing and some said another and yadda yadda. So, I started googling things and here’s what I found:
“Every study you read or expert you consult will agree: 35 is the age of reckoning for women when it comes to having children. In your early 30s, your chances of getting pregnant are only slightly lower than in your late 20s and your risk of a miscarriage or a baby with Down syndrome only slightly higher — but at 35, that decline in fertility begins to accelerate.”
“Miscarriage rates also rise slowly but steadily as women age, as do pregnancy-related complications. A woman over 35 is more likely than a younger woman to have an ectopic pregnancy. Cesarean rates are also higher for women over 35: Mothers this age have about a 40 percent chance of a c-section delivery compared to an almost 30 percent chance for mothers in their 20s. Experts say these increased cesarean rates are caused by pregnancy problems like fetal distress or prolonged second-stage labor, which are more common for older mothers.”
“Goldfarb, who sees couples struggling with fertility issues every day in his Cleveland practice, puts the statistics into perspective: “There’s a clear drop-off in fertility between ages 29 and 35, but the majority of 35-year-old women still won’t have a problem,” he says. “However, by 38 or 39, age becomes a big factor.””
“Overall, in your 30s you have about a 15 percent chance of getting pregnant in any single ovulation cycle…Your chances of conceiving within a year of starting to try are about 75 percent. But since fertility wanes as the decade progresses, in your late 30s your chance of getting pregnant within a year drops to 65 percent.”
So it seems to me that us bees shouldn’t feel too old before age 35 at the earliest and even then, it’s not as big of a problem as it would be at age 40-45.
ETA: Here’s another site with more statistics and even a calculator!:
I love google.