Infertility is a problem that many women face, especially those who are
attempting to get pregnant after the age of 35. To better plan for the
future and understand all of the family planning options available to
you, you should learn the
facts about fertility, which are discussed in further detail below.
Fertility declines substantially with age.
Even if you are not planning to have a child until you are 30 or even 40,
you may wish to consult with your physician at an earlier stage to get
a better picture of reproductive capabilities. While treatments like IVF
can extend the window of fertility, all women will vary in their fertility,
so you should not hesitate to talk to a doctor about your unique circumstances.
You should also recognize that age-related fertility decline is not a
gradual process, but rather a significant drop-off around the ages of 35-40.
Irregular menstrual cycles could be a sign of infertility.
The length of a menstrual cycle is calculated from day one of the actual
flow of a period to day one of a subsequent period. In an ovulatory cycle
this averages 28 days, but can range between 21 and up to 38 days. The
actual duration is 2 to 7 days.
If your cycles are irregular: occurring more than every 38 to 45 days;
occurring more frequent than 21 to 24 days; are heavy; or last more than
7 days, then you should see your doctor for a full evaluation as this
may have an impact on your fertility and if neglected, may have more serious
Healthy couples may not have luck conceiving in the first year.
Few couples will get pregnant right away, but about 80% will get pregnant
after six months of trying, while 90% of healthy couples will get pregnant
after one year. If a year has passed, you should not wait any longer to
seek the care of a fertility specialist. You may consider seeing a specialist
after just 6 months if age is a concern.
If you are worried about your future fertility or you are seeking immediate
care for infertility in Toronto, call ReproMed at (972) 494-5438 to schedule