Age and Infertility

The physicians at our DFW fertility centers see a clear link between age and infertility

Age and Infertility - Options for Pregnancy after 35 More women are waiting to start a family, and reproductive endocrinologists like the ones at Dallas IVF are seeing more cases of age-related infertility. The team at our DFW fertility centers know that there is a connection between age and infertility; however, there are fertility treatments available to help.

As more women wait to start a family, age and infertility issues become more common

Approximately 20% of women are waiting to start a family until after the age of 35. Some women are waiting to accomplish their career and educational goals, while others are simply looking for the perfect partner. The physicians at our DFW fertility centers know that many women believe fertility treatments can overcome all issues related to age and infertility. However, fertility treatments cannot be successful without some ovarian function, something that diminishes with age.

The quality and quantity of a woman’s eggs decrease with age. A woman is at her most fertile when she is in her 20s. Then, her fertility slowly starts to decline in her 30s when she has a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month. Her fertility declines even further after 35, and she has less than a 5% chance of getting pregnant each month by the time she reaches her 40s.

Women in this age group are also more likely to have eggs with chromosomal defects.

  • Our physicians recommend that women under the age of 35 visit a fertility specialist after trying to get pregnant for one year.
  • If a woman is over 35, she should make an appointment with a fertility center after six months of trying to get pregnant.

There are different fertility treatments available, depending on a woman’s egg count

The physicians at our DFW fertility centers want women to understand that some fertility treatments work better for certain age groups and egg counts. For example, intrauterine insemination, IUI, and in vitro fertilization, IVF, both have higher success rates in women under the age of 40 whom typically have higher egg counts.

It is possible for some women to find success with IUI or IVF after the age of 40. However, other women in this age group may want to explore different fertility options like donor egg IVF.

It’s important to realize how quickly a woman’s fertility declines, and this can vary from person to person. For this reason, it’s important to seek timely and appropriate fertility testing and treatment to maximize your chance for having a successful pregnancy. We also suggest getting the facts about egg freezing in your 20s and early 30s in case you decide you’d like to pursue fertility preservation.

If you have additional questions about age and infertility, please contact Dallas IVF.