28.03.2014

Likelihood of getting pregnant at age 50

Having made the exciting decision to start your own family you are sure to be wondering how long it will take to get pregnant. You may find it encouraging knowing that the number of women over the age of 30 having babies has risen in recent decades (ONS 2010) . Most women will be able to conceive naturally and give birth to a healthy baby if they get pregnant at 35 years old.
The average age at which women have in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in the UK is rising. While many men remain fertile into their 50s and beyond, the proportion of men with sperm disorders increases with age (RCOG 2011). About half of the women who don't get pregnant in the first year conceive during the following year, giving a pregnancy rate of 92 per cent within two years.
Figures for women aged 30 to 34 and aged 35 to 39 are fairly similar, with 94 per cent and 90 per cent conceiving within two years, respectively (NCCWCH 2013: 65). As a woman ages it is more likely that she may have had longer exposure to a condition that has not been treated.


Age aside, there are some steps you can take to give yourself the best possible chance of conceiving and having a healthy pregnancy. Learn more about getting pregnant in your 20s, 30s or 40s, or get tips, advice and support in our friendly community of mums and mums-to-be. Join now to receive free weekly newsletters tracking your baby’s development and yours throughout your pregnancy. You know the most fertile years are in your 20s, but want to get a better idea of how age affects your fertility. Fertility starts to decline for women from about the age of 30, dropping down more steeply from the age of 35 (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:65).
Even though male fertility also declines with age (RCOG 2011, Utting and Bewley 2011), it tends to happen gradually for men.
For some women having a multiple pregnancy brings them their dream family in one pregnancy.
But if you are over 35, and finding that positive pregnancy test elusive, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later (NCCWCH 2013:6).


As women grow older the likelihood of getting pregnant falls while the likelihood of infertility rises. By the age of 40 only two in five of those who wish to have a baby will be able to do so (RCOG 2011). This could prevent fertilisation altogether or increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:129, Utting and Bewley 2011). The paradox of declining fertility but increasing twinning rates with advancing maternal age. Does this mean age has something to do with my situation or You suggest I start seeking professional help.



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