07.11.2015

Fertility problems over 40

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) . The average age at which women have in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in the UK is rising.
This over-production of FSH can result in more than one follicle ripening and releasing an egg. Over 80 per cent of couples will conceive within a year if they stop using contraception and have regular sex (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:64). The two most common causes of female infertility are ovulation problems and blockages to the fallopian tubes as a result of infection (CKS 2007). At age 40 and above women have reduced fertility potential as compared to that seen in younger women. When couples are trying on their own to get pregnant the fertility issue that reduces chances for success is related to the quality of the eggs. Although these age and fertility statistics are specifically about IVF success, there is a similar loss in fertility potential with aging in the general "normal fertile" population.


All clinics have some upper age limit after which they will not perform in vitro fertilization with the woman's own eggs. 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).
After 35 years, the proportion of women who experience infertility, miscarriage or a problem with their baby increases. Even though male fertility also declines with age (RCOG 2011, Utting and Bewley 2011), it tends to happen gradually for men. 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). They also have substantially lower success rates with fertility treatments including in vitro fertilization (IVF). However, when going through a fertility treatment such as IVF, the quantity of eggs remaining influences response to ovarian stimulating medications.


This report was generated from national data from hundreds of clinics and well over 100,000 IVF cycles. However, the success rates of IVF treatment for women over 40 using their own eggs are low, and have not increased much over the past decade (RCOG 2011). The decline in male fertility can affect the health of the children they may go on to have (Utting and Bewley 2011). More than one egg fertilised and more than one baby (Beemsterboer et al 2006, Utting and Bewley 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.



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