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The Effects of Age on Fertility

How Age and Fertility Are Connected


When you begin your fertility journey, it is important that you understand how age and fertility are connected to one another. At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, we help our patients understand the ways that their age will affect their chances of successful pregnancy. We provide several fertility treatment options to help patients whose age may be affecting their fertility.

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Increasing age is related to declining of fertility rates. We know, for sure now, that age after 32, women have a significant declining of fertility rates. And after age 37, the declining is faster and more pronounced. This is related to the fact that all women are born with certain number of eggs in their lifetime, and they tend to ovulate healthier eggs in early reproductive years. As the age increases, they have more chances of infertility, more chances of miscarriages, and more chances of babies born with a genetic abnormalities including Down Syndrome. As we know that age has the most influence on the outcome of fertility treatment, women over age 35 should consult the specialist if they fail to conceive within the sixth month of their try. We know from the current SART data of 2012 that increasing age is related to the decreasing success rate of in vitro fertilization. As an example, under age 35, the take home baby rate, live birth rate, is approximately 40%. Between 39 and 40, it is around 20%, and at age 42 and above, it is 4%.
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