SPONSORED: The media is full of stories of celebrities having children later on in life as they spent their 20’s and 30’s establishing their careers and/ or finding the right partner to start a family with.
Although it is possible for women to have a baby in their early or even mid 40’s, it isn’t always as straightforward as many people hope.
Female fertility declines rapidly after 35
Women are born with all their eggs and the number available to be fertilized and their quality declines with age.
The majority of women are most fertile in their 20’s and after about age 35 most women experience a steep decline in their fertility as their body heads towards the menopause.
As this is an average there are still 40-year-olds who have eggs that are a similar quality to much younger women, as well as younger women who have fertility problems.
However, around one-third of couples in which the woman is over 35 will have fertility problems. When the woman is over 40 this then increases to two-thirds of couples.
Every woman has a unique fertility
Lots of women believe that by having a healthy lifestyle and keeping themselves in great shape that they will be as healthy on the inside as they look on the outside.
Unfortunately, whilst diet and lifestyle choices such as smoking, drinking alcohol and your weight do impact fertility at all ages, the quality of your eggs will have a huge impact on your ability to get pregnant.
Whilst knowledge about typical fertility trends can inform you, knowing your own fertility status can empower you to make the best decisions for you.
Anyone can get a Fertility MOT at the London Women’s Clinic to get a clearer picture of their fertility status and you don’t need to be referred by your GP.
If you are a lesbian couple looking to start a family later on in life, you may want to both have fertility tests done to determine the best chances of having a biological baby.
Using a donor to help you conceive
As well as using donor sperm to conceive, lesbian couples sometimes may find that using an egg donor may offer them the best chance of having a baby.
The London Women’s Clinic has access to sperm and eggs via its partner companies, the London Sperm Bank and the London Egg Bank. These are high quality gametes from donors who have undergone rigorous checks and are from all walks of life.
Counseling is always provided to all patients using donors to help explore their feelings and the implications of treatment.
You can find out more about fertility over 40, fertility MOTs or using donor eggs and sperm on the London Women’s Clinic website.