By Dr. Padmaja Mohan,Gynaecology
Fertility begins to rapidly decline after the age of 35. If you are above 35 and you are worrying that you might have lost your chance to be a mother, do not fret. You can get pregnant after your 30s, but it will take some patience and time.
What are your odds?
It isn’t difficult to figure out the fact that it is easier to get pregnant when you are still young (within 24-28 years of age). It is because production of eggs in the ovaries lessens as you grow older, thus creating hindrances to pregnancy.
When you are in your 20s, you have 20 percent of a chance to get pregnant during a single cycle. This declines sharply as you grow older-15 percent in your 30s, 10 percent in your 40s and 3 percent by age 45. So, you need to work harder and have ample patience to get pregnant. Also, consult an endocrinologist and fertility specialist.
Increase Your Chances of Fertility After 35-
Trying to conceive after 35 may seem overwhelming, but there are many things you can do to make getting pregnant easier…
Here are some things to remember:
- Avoid habits like smoking, alcohol, caffeine, unnecessary stess, as they greatly affect your fertility.
- Schedule a pre-conception appointment.
- Women over age 35 take longer to conceive.
- A woman who is physically, mentally and emotionally healthy is more likely to conceive.
- Observing your fertility signs can tell you a lot about your body.
- Consider taking an at home fertility screening test.
i) Chart your basal body temperature. Track your basal body temperature (BBT) to assess if you’re ovulating.
ii) Assess your cervical mucus. Track your cervical secretions to assess your fertility.
iii) you can use ovulation kit or maintain ovulation calendar.
Visit your healthcare provider if you haven’t conceived after 6 months of purposeful intercourse. If you have not conceived after 6 months, contact your health care provider to discuss the possibility of fertility testing. You may decide to consult a fertility specialist if normal methods fail. Depending on the test results, the specialist will recommend the right treatment.
Timing is of the Essence-
No woman keeps close track of their ovulation (release of egg from the ovaries). But in your 30s, if you want a baby, you need to note your ovulating days. Doctors agree that it is best to have intercourse a few days prior to ovulation so that when the egg arrives, the sperm will be able to fertilize them. On which days you’re fertile is key to getting pregnant, but it can be confusing. If you have a typical 28-day cycle, you’ll ovulate about 14 days before your next period, but not everyone has a predictable period. So, visit your doctor for consult if you have irregular cycles.