I’ve been stressing about my fertility and come to think of it, I shouldn’t have.
I’m sure we’ve all heard that once a woman reaches 35, the chances of her getting pregnant significantly decreases. It’s not necessarily good news to a lot of women who start trying to have a family in their mid-to-late thirties. The fact that a woman is officially called AMA – Advanced Maternal Age – when she turns 35 doesn’t help matters, neither.
Some highlights from the article:
Studies conducted with actual women during the 21st century show a very different fertility picture. Twenge cites a 2004 study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology that showed 82 percent of women ages 35 to 39 conceived within a year of having sex at least twice a week, not much lower than the 86 percent of women ages 27 to 34 under the same conditions.
And here’s another great one:
Another study Twenge cites was released this year in Fertility and Sterility. It showed that 78 percent of women ages 35 to 40 got pregnant within a year of having sex during their fertile times, compared with 84 percent of women ages 20 to 34. So, there’s a drop, but hardly one that should send women into a “baby panic,” as Twenge calls it.
So I hope this article helps other TTC after 35 moms like me and let me sit on a big brick of ice and calm down.
The last thing I need is to be stressed out on why I’m not getting pregnant when I’m trying to get pregnant.