Fertility: does it decrease with age?

Much as we’d like to ignore the fertility experts, there’s no denying the fact your fertility declines in a fairly big way after 35. That’s not to say women in their late 30s can’t get pregnant, it just might take a little longer. But no matter what your age, there are plenty of things you can do to help support your fertility:

Watch your weight

FertilityFertility decreases for women who are under- or over-weight.

Eat smart

Good nutrition helps promote fertility, so make sure you’re eating a healthy balanced diet.

Have regular check ups

Sexually transmitted diseases like Chlamydia can damage your fertility whatever your age and don’t necessarily have any symptoms.

Keep trying

Once you decide to get pregnant, you probably want it to happen right away and might become concerned if it doesn’t. It’s worth remembering though that 85 per cent of couples will conceive in one year and 93 per cent of couples will conceive in two years. Therefore, most gynaecologists recommend trying for at least a year before seeking help. If you’re over 35 and have been trying for six months, your GP who will be able to refer you for tests.

Now tell us what worked for you…

Are you an older mum who struggled to conceive? How did you boost your fertility?

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