03.02.2014

Can women conceive after 40

While the number-one predictor of fertility is age, there is a significant variability in ovarian aging which make some women infertile at 35, and others still going strong at 40. The organisation, Britain’s largest abortion provider, pointed out that more abortions were carried out for women over 40 than among teenagers. Every day, I have patients that inquire about freezing eggs in order to increase the possibility of conceiving if life circumstances put pregnancy on hold.
In addtion, most women are also not thinking about freezing their eggs when they are in their twenties. Fertility diminishes long before menopause, but women with a later menopause can usually conceive at a more advanced age than average.
The problem is, FSH levels do not steadily decline, they  fluctuate from month to month, particularly as women get older. AMH declines with age as the “good” egg pool declines and is completely gone after menopause.


The increasing prevalence of celebrity births after the age over 40 has resulted in a complacency about delaying pregnancy.
Unlike other hormones used to measure fertility, AMH doesn’t vary through the cycle and can even be measured in women who are taking birth control pils. What is not widely appreciated is that many of those pregnancies are a result of  IVF using a donor egg from a younger woman. Certainly, some women do spontaneously conceive after the age of  40, but in general, fertility rates are low without some sort of intervention. One in three British men and one in five women aged between 20 and 34 still lives with their parents. No wonder the average age for a British woman to have her first child is 30, and 35 for university-educated women. The tipping point came in 2002, when US academic Sylvia Ann Hewlett published Baby Hunger, containing the unnerving statistic (that was misleading, since it only covered a tiny sample) that 42 per cent of career women had no children at the age of 40, and most deeply regretted it.


Women do lose 90 per cent of their eggs by 30, but that still leaves them with 10,000, when only one is needed to make a baby.
One 2004 study of 770 European women found that 82 per cent of 35- to 39-year-olds would conceive within a year if they had sex once a week, compared with a very similar 86 per cent of 27- to 34-year-olds.
When interviewed, these women almost invariably report that choosing to delay motherhood was the best choice they’ve made.



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