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Age vs Fertility
Hello to everyone who cares! We're continuing our extensive study of all aspects of the human fertility. Here we collect and all that could become helpful in understanding of a subject. No matter how old you are, this stuff was made to be interesting, to inform and warn you. This is our encyclopedia of fertility. And today's topic is Age. Age as a main factor of the loss of fertility in both men and women. It's going to be a theme arguing with an inspiring statement "that's never too late!" Can our age make it really senseless? – Let's check it out, guys!
Women's age vs Fertility
Age affects the ability to conceive and have a healthy baby regardless of gender.
I'll try to simply explain why age is the most important factor affecting a woman's fertility. Being born and reaching puberty, a woman has a certain amount of eggs in her life, or better to say a specified number of them, all the eggs she's going to ever have further.
Then while she's growing up and getting older, the specified number is decreasing in quality and quantity. I hope the way I tried to simplify wasn't too idiotic because this is exactly how the things turn out in practice.

Then while she's growing up and getting older, the specified number is decreasing in quality and quantity. I hope the way I tried to simplify wasn't too idiotic because this is exactly how the things turn out in practice.
The decreasing quantity of egg-containing follicles in the ovaries is called "loss of ovarian reserve". Women begin to lose ovarian reserve before they become infertile and before they stop having regular periods.
Also a woman's age is the most accurate test of egg quality. An important change in egg quality is the frequency of genetic abnormalities called "aneuploidy" (too many or too few chromosomes in the egg).
Of course, you may lead healthy lives, have no bad habits, do whatever to improve your chances for getting pregnant but nothing really overrides the fact that age is doing its job steadily and efficiently. Namely, it's reducing our fertility.

Fertility naturally declines with age, and having a baby later in life can increase the risk for pregnancy complications. That doesn't say that there's the perfect age for getting pregnant. We should comprehend the decision of the family building is something actually big and depends on many social and financial factors.
30% success of conception takes place in the best reproductive years of woman, in her 20s.
Fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35. Each month that she tries, a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant. That means that for every 100 fertile 30-year-old women trying to get pregnant in 1 cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again.
By age 40, a woman's chance is less than 5% per cycle, so fewer than 5 out of every 100 women are expected to be successful each month.
Women do not remain fertile until menopause. The average age for menopause is 51, but most women become unable to have a successful pregnancy sometime in their mid-40s.
Age vs Male fertility


A man's fertility also declines with age. But this process happens later, usually starting around age of 40.
After that age, men have a lower semen volume and sperm count. The sperm cells have a low or even the absence of motility as well.
The semen of an older man is also more likely to have genetic abnormalities than cells of a younger man.



Sadly, we see there's a risk of becoming infertile due to our age. But that's not a reason to give up if you're trying to conceive. Age actually can be a cause of infertility. Nevertheless, we today have a chance to get donor's help in case our ovarian reserve is already empty because of age. Sperm and egg donors are the real way out in many complicated situations. Remember, sometimes our ability of getting pregnant equally depends on our desire and effort. I hope you'll never surrender even when it's awfully difficult to keep on struggling. Only the best wishes and good luck my friends.

Looking forward to seeing you soon. Ciao

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