08.08.2014

What are your chances of getting pregnant at 35

Having made the exciting decision to start your own family you are sure to be wondering how long it will take to get pregnant.
Like many women, you may have put off having children until the time felt right, and now find yourself in your 30s, wondering how fertile you are.
Most women will be able to conceive naturally and give birth to a healthy baby if they get pregnant at 35 years old. In fact, the older you are, the more likely you are to conceive non-identical twins (Beemsterboer et al 2006, NHS 2010b, Utting and Bewley 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). The two most common causes of female infertility are ovulation problems and blockages to the fallopian tubes as a result of infection (CKS 2007). 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. It's thought that your body has to produce more of the hormone that makes you ovulate as you get older.
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). An untreated chlamydia infection, for example, can develop into pelvic inflammatory disease, blocking your fallopian tubes. As women grow older the likelihood of getting pregnant falls while the likelihood of infertility rises.


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). But it is also worth bearing in mind that caring for twins is more demanding of your time, emotions and finances than caring for one baby. This could prevent fertilisation altogether or increase the likelihood of an ectopic pregnancy (CKS 2007, NCCWCH 2013:129, Utting and Bewley 2011). Your body produces more FSH because there are fewer viable eggs left in your ovaries (Utting and Bewley 2011). As you approach menopause your periods may become fewer and further between, making ovulation increasingly irregular too.



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