Age & Fertility

As a woman gets older, she produces fewer healthy eggs. This decrease in egg production gets faster with each year.

That’s why the major cause of fertility problems in women is their age. Once you turn 36, your chance of conceiving naturally is about half of what it was when you were 20. By the time you are 41, this chance falls to just 4%.

So, if you are over 35 and having trouble conceiving naturally, it’s important to seek medical advice within 6 months. If you are under 35, we generally advise you to wait 12 months, but it’s important to be proactive so see a specialist sooner rather than later. In addition, if you have any known conditions such as a history of STD's or male factor issues, then don't delay in seeking specialist help.

Your first step is to discuss these issues with your GP, as they can help you with ways to maximise your chances of conceiving naturally and begin any fertility investigation. They can then refer you to a fertility specialist of your choice if required. 

the age factor

A woman's age and fertility