I was blessed to get pregnant with my first child fairly quickly, only about 3-4 months of trying. I knew when I had him I wanted more, quickly at that! I never went on birth control after having him and would have been perfectly happy if I got pregnant right away! I was breastfeeding so I actually did not get a period until he was 10 months old. That is when we really started trying to get pregnant again. I wasn’t obsessed at first, but as the months went on, and each month thinking “this is it!” only to be disappointed when I’d be visited by lovely Aunt Flo. As the months went on, it would be heartbreaking. After 18 long months we were finally blessed with baby #2.
I became aware of the results of a study from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, I must say I was shocked! I had no idea the actual effect age has on fertility. I mean I always knew that the older you got, the harder it was to conceive, but I did not realize just how much!
According to American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Age and Fertility.”It is important for women to know that as you age, it may become increasingly difficult to conceive, and conception rates are not as high as most people believe. At 30, a healthy woman has about a 20% chance of conceiving, and by the time a women reaches 40, her chances drop to about 5% per month.”
The good news is that 85-90% of infertility cases can be treated with conventional therapies, IVF and similar treatments only account for less than 5% of infertility services. Women who are having trouble conceiving should first speak to their Ob/Gyn, however, if they areunder the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for a year or more, or are over the age of 35 and have been trying for six months and still are not getting pregnant, they should move on to a reproductive endocrinologist as soon as possible to increase their chances of having success.