Age is not the only obstacle to fertility
If you’ve ever felt the pressure from a family member to get crackin’ on the starting-the-family song-and-dance, then your age is usually brought into question. While the number “35” is traditionally tossed around, Brian Levine, MD, the founding partner and practice director of the fertility clinic, CCRM-New York, says many women much younger than their mid-thirties could be infertile, but don’t discover it until they begin trying to conceive. As a general rule of thumb (that definitely varies by the woman, the couple, and family history), women who are under 35 years old should try to get pregnant for a year before seeking medical attention, while those 35+ should give it six months before buckling down, according to Dr. Levine. Here are 15 other factors that may be harming your fertility for both men and women.
Both quality and quantity of eggs decrease over time
The reason why our fourth decade—those pivotal 30s—receive so much attention for family planning is that, like it or not, the older women get, the less fertile they become and the more likely their infants will have health issues. “The number and quality of eggs decreases as women get older, more precipitously after the mid- to late-30s making it more difficult to conceive,”says Paula Amato, MD, associate professor of ob-gyn at Oregon Health & Science University. “In addition, the risks of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus increase as women get older.” Make sure you know these eight infertility myths you can finally stop worrying about.