Well, if you find yourself trying @35 or above you are not alone! Numerous studies have shown that birth age for today’s women has increased substantially since last couple of years. The possible reason for such delays can be getting married late or more carrier oriented approach and for someone it can be personal issues. Whatever the reason be, bottom line is, the odd of getting pregnant and sustaining term pregnancy and subsequent healthy baby birth is more challenging in elderly women.
For this age group, one of the biggest hurdle is getting pregnant as fertility rate decline gradually at age of 30 and markedly at age of 40. The main reason for age related infertility is ovulation irregularities in elderly women. With age, not only eggs reservoirs decrease but quality of eggs also decline. That is why, Donor IVF, is one of the most commonly used fertility treatments. With young and healthy egg donor, not only success rate of infertility treatment increases but miscarriage rate is reduced significantly.
Beside this, other complications like chromosomal abnormalities, (and associated condition like Down syndrome) birth defects, ectopic pregnancy and other age related pregnancy complications like diabetes, high blood pressure, and premature birth are common in this age group.
Although it sounds frightening, but still, it is true that women do conceive at later age and subsequently delivery healthy baby. What is important is be informed of possible complications and to have pro-active approach to make journey of parenthood as safe as possible.
Just follow these simple rules:
- If you are 35 or older and still trying to conceive, do not wait longer, 6 months of trying is enough, and if you are still not successful, seek medical advice.
- Consult your doctor even before you try to conceive to understand your individual case. Your doctor can take detailed Medical and Family history from both partners and can help in identifying a condition that affects your pregnancy or your chances of getting pregnant.
- Genetic counseling or subsequent Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD). PGD allows identifying genetic defects in embryos that were created through in vitro fertilization (IVF) before they are transferred into the recipient. It also lowers the risk of certain genetic defects in child and risk of multiple pregnancies.
- To have healthy life style and appropriate medical care.