You may already know that although there are many causes of
infertility, one of the most common is advancing age. It certainly isn’t impossible
to become pregnant after age 40, although it is typically more difficult.
Since every future parent has unique health concerns, it’s advisable
to seek counsel from a specialist in reproductive medicines.
Myth: Men Don’t Have Age-Related Infertility
It’s true that women need to be concerned about the possibility of
infertility if they plan for a baby after a certain age. In fact, during
any particular month, the chance of becoming pregnant when a woman is
in her 30s is about 20 percent. In a woman’s 40s, this percentage
drops to about five. However, men are also affected by age-related infertility.
After a man reaches 40, there is a
reduced likelihood of fathering a child without the help of assisted reproduction technology.
Myth: Healthy Lifestyles Are All That Matter
Leading a healthy lifestyle is certainly important for supporting one’s
fertility. Maintaining a healthy weight and eating a nutritious diet can
help combat infertility at any age. However, after the age of 40, couples
are less likely to achieve pregnancy by relying on lifestyle choices alone.
Myth: Only Younger Women Have Twins
It seems counterintuitive that older women would be likely to have twins,
given that infertility is a significant concern. Yet, older women actually
are more likely than younger women to have multiples. When pregnancy is
achieved naturally, twins are more likely among women after 40 because
they tend to have higher levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
Women who choose IVF to conceive may have multiples if more than one embryo
is transferred during a cycle.
The team at ReproMed is dedicated to helping our patients achieve healthy
pregnancies through extensive patient education, comprehensive assessments,
and sophisticated assisted reproduction technology. If you believe that
you or your partner may have infertility issues, please contact our center
for reproductive medicines in Toronto at (972) 494-5438. New and current
patients are also invited to read more about infertility and its treatments
on our website.