Difficulty Getting Pregnant After 35

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1. Age and Fertility

It’s common knowledge that age and fertility go hand in hand. Every woman is born with a finite number of eggs, and once those eggs are gone, they’re gone.

After all of a woman’s eggs have been used up, she will be unable to conceive a baby. Similarly, a woman’s body uses up all of the best quality eggs first, and leaves the eggs that may have abnormalities or might not be of as good quality for later in life.

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This is why it is easier for younger women to conceive, since they still have all of their good quality eggs. This is also why older moms have a higher risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities or other issues, and why older moms also have a higher risk of miscarriage.

2. Things That Can Affect Getting Pregnant

There are many different things that can affect getting pregnant after age 35. Age related fertility decline is probably the most common reason for problems getting pregnant after age 35.

As women age, they begin to run out of eggs, and they begin to ovulate less often. Sometimes, women will even have an ovulation cycle where eggs are not even released. Women over 35 also have a greater chance of having scar tissue that could lead to problems getting pregnant.

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This scar tissue could be called by endometriosis, prior surgery or infections. Chronic health problems like high blood pressure or diabetes are also more common in women over age 35, so that can be a contributing factor in having problems getting pregnant after age 35.

3. What Can You Do?

If you are trying to get pregnant after age 35, it’s important to first of all see your doctor for a preconception exam. Talk with your doctor at length about your family history as well as your medical history so that you can have the best possible chance of getting pregnant.

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Make sure that you are prepared to wait, since women over 35 usually take a longer time to get pregnant. Make sure that you are doing everything in your power to make it easier to conceive.

This includes eating a healthy, well balanced diet full of fruits, veggies, lean meats, dairy and whole grains, and cutting out fast foods, junk foods, and processed foods. Take a daily prenatal vitamin in order to get your body ready for conception. Make sure if you are overweight that you try to get your weight at a healthy level. This will improve your chances of conceiving.

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.