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How Aging Affects Your Fertility

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

You can achieve a healthy pregnancy and baby if you are in your 30s and 40s. However, it might take you longer to conceive, and in many cases, women may need the help of love and science and undergo fertility treatments to achieve their dream of starting a family.

As women age, it becomes harder to conceive, and the risk of miscarriage increases. Male fertility also decreases with age, although less than women. Today our fertility specialists will discuss what you need to know about aging and infertility and explain the latest treatments to achieve the miracle you are waiting for.

 

 

How Does Aging Affect My Fertility?

Fertility decreases as you age, commonly after age 35, because the number and quality of eggs get lower. For couples in their 20s and early 30s with no infertility conditions, around one in four women will get pregnant in just a single menstrual cycle. But for those in their 40s, that number can drop to one in ten.

Aside from pregnancy becoming more challenging, the risk of chromosomal abnormalities also increases with age, resulting in high chances of experiencing a miscarriage or giving birth to a child with Down syndrome. While the risk of Down syndrome is one in 1300 for someone who achieves pregnancy at 25, at 45 years, that jumps around one in 30. 

 

 

Which Are The Signs Of Infertility?

There may be symptoms of female infertility. While the following signs can indicate infertility, they can also mean another health issue, so it is essential to schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist in case of experiencing any of the below:

  • Painful periods
  • Pelvic pain
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy periods

 

If age is the reason behind your infertility, there may not be any external symptoms. “You don’t know if you are down to your last healthy and viable eggs. There are no real symptoms besides not achieving pregnancy,” says Dr. Félix, our experienced fertility specialist

 

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What Causes Female Infertility?

Beyond aging, these are the leading causes of infertility for women:

  • Tubal blockage. Not achieving pregnancy may be due to a tubal blockage because the fallopian tubes are vulnerable. The tubes can become scarred from past infections or other issues. One of the most common causes of blockage is endometriosis. 

 

  • Ovulatory dysfunction. According to different medical studies, ovulatory disorders cover 25% of the known causes of female infertility. This can include an egg that is not released once a month or irregular menstrual cycles due to a condition known as PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). 

 

Women are not the only ones that can go through infertility; another contributing factor to the inability to conceive is male infertility, including issues such as a low sperm count

 

 

When To See A Team Of Fertility Specialists

If you are under 35 and can’t conceive after a year of trying, we advise visiting the doctor. For those over 35, seeing a specialist is recommended after six months of trying to achieve pregnancy. Finally, for those in their 40s experiencing struggles, the best you can do is to seek assessment as soon as possible.

 

 

 

The Latest Fertility Treatments To Conceive

Love and science can help you to achieve the dream of creating a family even after 35. Two treatments can help you to conceive, Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

 

What Is An IVF?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is a type of assisted reproduction procedure where, unlike Intrauterine Insemination (where fertilization occurs directly in the woman’s reproductive system), fertilization occurs outside the woman’s body, in a laboratory, with sperm from the partner or a donor. As a result of fertilization, the best-quality embryo is selected and transferred to the uterus so the mother can achieve pregnancy.

 

What Is An IUI?

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)  is a type of artificial insemination that involves depositing the sperm directly into the uterus. The patient is subjected to mild ovarian stimulation; the sperm swim toward the fallopian tubes, where fertilization occurs. There is the possibility of using donated semen for single mothers and lesbian couples. IUI is one of the least complex methods and one of the first that couples turn to when looking for fertility treatment options.

 

If you are trying to conceive and feel overwhelmed by all of the medical information, don’t worry, we are here to explain which treatment is more proper for you to achieve your dream of starting a family. Contact us to schedule an appointment!   

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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