Getting Pregnant After 35: Is it Possible?

Older mom with daughter is now pregnant after the age of 35

Getting Pregnant After 35: Is it Possible?

Whether you’re trying to conceive (TTC) after 35 or merely thinking about the future, it’s essential to understand the ins and outs of getting pregnant later in your reproductive life. What are the challenges ahead? Are the odds stacked against you? Can you enhance those odds with a healthier lifestyle — and if the journey didn’t go according to plan, when is it time to seek help?

You are not alone. Conception after the age of 35 is progressively more common in the USA. While pregnancy is undoubtedly a scream-from-the-rooftops, wonderful and joyful moment — getting there after 35 can be a source of frustration and challenges.

Did you know that women over the age of 35 are of considered of advanced maternal age? No, it’s not as dismal as it looks on paper. Pregnancy after 35 is certainly possible. Every year, women in their mid-to-late 30s conceive naturally.

Getting Pregnant After 35 is Possible

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported in 2018, birth rates for women between 35 and 39 years of age was 52.6 births per 1,000 women and 11.8 births per 1,000 women ages 40 to 44.4.

So, what are the challenges ahead if you are trying to conceive after 35? Research has shown that it is often more complex to conceive naturally after a certain age. A big part of this challenge is that the number and quality of viable eggs diminish as a woman gets older. Also, as women age, they begin to have occasional cycles where an egg is never released. While the total number of eggs cannot be increased, there is some research showing  that egg quality can be improved with the use of certain supplements. Miscarriage rates, also increases with age. A study published in 2019 found that the rate of miscarriage increased rapidly for women after age 30.

A healthy lifestyle may have a decisive impact on your ability to conceive. Studies suggest that smoking, lack of exercise, and a poor diet may negatively impact egg quality. It is essential for anyone trying to conceive to live a healthy lifestyle that includes a well-rounded diet, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and controllable amounts of stress.

Other reasons conceiving after 35 may present a challenge:

  • Infection or surgery that caused scar tissue around the fallopian tubes or cervix
  • Endometriosis
  • Fibroids or uterine disorders
  • Chronic health problems such as diabetes

Your Partner’s Age Matters

Yes, your partner’s age does matter.

Research has found that male fertility also diminishes with age. Research shows that during a year of trying to get pregnant, conception was 30 percent less likely when a male partner was 40 years or older than it would be for males in their 20s.

Seeking Fertility Help When TTC After 35

If you are trying to or considering getting pregnant after 35, it is crucial to be conscious of your fertility potential. If you have note conceived within 6 months of regular intercourse, it is time to seek the advice of a specialist. If you don’t have regular menstrual cycles, you should seek consultation without delay. Don’t worry, pregnancy after 35 is not impossible. Due to the modern advances in assisted reproductive technologies and research, couples do not have to go through the journey alone.

Making a fertility appointment to discuss your reproductive goals with FSMG is a great place to start if you face obstacles trying to conceive. The fertility specialists at FSMG can make recommendations based on your age, medical history, and physical condition to help you stay well-informed regarding your fertility — and support you and your partner be proactive as possible.

You’re unique.
Your fertility plan should be too.