Your chances of getting pregnant at any age

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Age is probably one of the most important factors involved when it comes to female fertility. Getting pregnant is different for every woman, at every age, and it is very important for women to realize just what their fertility is like at every age so that they can be informed and so that they do not have false hopes about getting pregnant at any age. Read on for more tips.

1. In Your 20s

Women in their twenties have the best chance of getting pregnant, as this is the body’s optimal time for fertility. A woman has a good supply of healthy eggs in her twenties, and most women who are at this age are in good health.  As women get older, getting pregnant will become harder and will not always be as easy.

A-woman-has-a-good-supply-of-healthy-eggs-in-her-twenties-and-most-women-who-are-at-this-age-are-in-good-healthOther risks can be associated with pregnancy later in life as well, so the 20′s are just naturally the best time. Each month during a woman’s cycle during her 20’s, she has about a 50 percent chance of getting pregnant.

2. In Your 30′s

Getting pregnant in the early 30′s is usually pretty easy for most women.  It is comparable to pregnancy in your 20′s, perhaps with a smaller increased risk of complications like gestational hypertension or gestational diabetes. For the most part, fertility in your early 30′s is still very prime. However, once a woman approaches age 35, that fertility window begins to quickly close.

Getting-pregnant-in-the-early-30s-is-usually-pretty-easy-for-most-women-however-once-a-woman-approaches-age-35-that-fertility-window-begins-to-quickly-closeOnce a woman hits age 35, her fertility sees a steep drop off, a quick decline. The body has used up the majority of the best eggs by this time, and will begin using up the less than perfect eggs. At age 39, a woman has only half of the fertility left that she had at age 31. By the age of 42, that number is cut in half again. As many as one in four women age 35 or older have a hard time getting pregnant.

During a woman’s early thirties, she will have around a 15 to 20 percent chance of getting pregnant in any given month.

3. In Your 40′s

By age 40, many women are beginning the end of their childbearing years. The body has used up all of the best quality eggs, and the less than optimal eggs are the ones that will be used during the 40s. This is why women in their 40s have such a higher chance of chromosomal abnormalities, like Down Syndrome. When a woman is about ten years out from menopause, she stops being able to conceive naturally, however, there is no way to tell just when this change will occur.

at-40-many-women-are-beginning-the-end-of-their-childbearing-years-because-the-body-has-used-up-all-of-the-best-quality-eggsBy the time a woman reaches age 40, she only has around a five percent chance of conceiving in any given month. Most women find that they do not have any viable eggs left once they reach near age 45, and this is when the use of donor eggs usually will begin to be discussed.

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Larissa Belanger, RN

Ms. Belanger has 20 years of experience in women's healthcare and nursing, including labor and delivery, postpartum and antenatal. She is passionate toward improving both maternal and fetal outcomes of high-risk obstetrics patients.