Age and Infertility

One in six couples attempting to achieve pregnancy will have difficulty. Infertility affects women and men equally. The ability to achieve a successful pregnancy declines with age.

How Does Age Affect Female Fertility

Age is a very important component in the human reproductive process. Most importantly, a woman’s fertility declines steadily after peaking between the ages of 20-25. IVF success rates are contingent upon the age of the woman, the method of IVF treatment, the number of embryos transplanted and the cause of infertility.

Does Age Distress Male Fertility

Unlike women who do not continually produce eggs, men produce sperm all of their lives. Technically, there is no age limit for male factor infertility but the quality of sperm decreases with age. Sperm produced by males over the age of 50 has lower motility making it harder for sperm to fertilize eggs and more likely to be affected by genetic disorders.

Quick Facts of Fertility

  • Fertility declines in men after age 50.
  • Fertility declines in women after age 30.
  • Before age 25, 4% of women have difficulty achieving a successful pregnancy.
  • For women between 26 to 34 years, 13% have difficulty having a baby.
  • For women between 35 to 39 years, 25% have difficulty conceiving.
  • By age 40, 34% of women attempting pregnancy will have difficulty achieving pregnancy.

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