Since the first in-vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born in 1978, advances in medical science have continued to improve a couple’s chances of having a baby.
With all of these advances, more and more people now believe that fertility is not an issue until a woman reaches her mid forties. This misconception is supported by the active Southern California lifestyle which has led many to believe that nutrition and exercise can halt the reproductive aging process.
The fact is that with respect to fertility, 40 is not the new 30. Although techniques have improved tremendously to assist women in having a healthy child, time still limits a couple’s reproductive options. “Too many women come in after years of trying and their options are now limited,” says Dr. Morales. “If I never hear the phrase, ‘I wish we would have met you earlier…’ I’d be very happy.”
The Odds of Becoming Pregnant
The chance of becoming pregnant for a healthy, sexually active couple is about 20% each month. The ASRM (American Society of Reproductive Medicine) defines infertility as one year of regular intercourse without conception. So take heart, conception is supposed to take several months. To understand how far technology has taken us, the following graph compares the odds of getting pregnant each month for natural conception and IVF (single cycle).