Age and Fertility

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7nursebabyOne of the most common questions we get asked is ‘what are the likely chances of conceiving depending on your age?’ This can be very difficult to answer because quite simply, every woman is different. We know from our own results and industry-wide statistics that a woman’s chances of having a baby decline with age from around aged 35 onwards and there is a significant decline over the age of 40. But, we can only provide our best advice and recommendations when we have a good indication of a woman’s individual ovarian health, which we can assess with a number of tests.

The first of these is a FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) test, which is responsible for the growth and health of the follicles in the ovaries. An AMH (Anti-Mullerian Hormone) test can give us an estimate of a woman’s remaining egg supply, or “ovarian reserve” and finally we can take an Antral Follicle Count, which is where we count the number of follicles in the ovaries via ultrasound. Each of these tests collectively can help to give us some indication of how likely a woman is to get pregnant and we would recommend these tests as a first step, particularly if you are into your mid-30s and beyond.

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