Age and Fertility: How Age Affects Your Ability to Conceive Naturally
Although there are many variables that can affect a woman’s ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term, the correlation between age and fertility is the greatest factor that affects your chances of a successful pregnancy. If you are 35 or younger and have been trying to conceive for more than a year, or are over the age of 35 and have been trying to conceive for more than six months, Dr. Ali R. Guerami can discuss the available treatment options. For more than 30 years, he has been helping patients in the Dallas, TX-area, achieve their dreams of becoming pregnant and giving birth to a child.
Why Age Affects Fertility
At birth, a female is born with the full amount of eggs she will have, and throughout her life, the quantity, or ovarian reserve, along with the quality of her eggs will begin to diminish. Beginning at the age of 30, fertility will begin to wane, and by the age of 35, a woman’s fertility will begin to rapidly decline. By the age of 40, due to the continued decrease in egg count and quality, the chance of natural conception in any given month is just five percent. Other age-related factors that may affect fertility include:
Ovulation: As a woman’s body begins to prepare from menopause, ovulation tends to slow down or occur less frequently over time.
Health Issues: Certain health issues such as fibroids, endometriosis, cysts, or blocked fallopian tubes become more common with women over the age of 35.
Along with his extensive knowledge and expertise as a double-board certified endocrinologist and infertility specialist, Dr. Guerami is well-versed in the latest medical advances and techniques in fertility treatments.
Does the Age of a Male Play a Role?
Although the age of a woman is more of a concern, the age of the male partner can also play a role in the couple’s ability to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. Although a woman’s quality and quantity of eggs begin to decrease, the male will continue to create sperm. However, the ability to create sperm does not necessarily mean that the sperm is healthy, as men begin to see a decline in testosterone production with age. Therefore, once men reach the age of 40, the volume of sperm, speed in which it moves toward the egg, and overall quality begins to decline over time.
Finding the Solution That is Right for You
During a full evaluation, Dr. Guerami will diagnose the underlying cause of your infertility issues. If you or your partner is over the age of 35, he will examine your overall health to determine if any other factors, besides those associated with age, are affecting your ability to conceive naturally. Once your evaluation is complete, he will devise a personalized treatment plan that is aimed to address your specific situation. Along with his extensive knowledge and expertise as a double-board certified endocrinologist and infertility specialist, Dr. Guerami is well-versed in the latest medical advances and techniques in fertility treatments. To set up a consultation at our office, please send us a message, or give us a call at (214) 345-6963.
“Helping patients build a family is my passion. I am completely invested in your treatment and will apply my full knowledge and abilities to achieve your goals.” Dr. Guerami