How does age really affect your chances of conceiving? Is it time for you and your partner to start believing that there really is no time like the present?
So, what are your chances of getting pregnant statistically?
Between the ages of 20 and 24, you are very likely to be able to get pregnant naturally, with 86 percent succeeding within the one-year mark but many getting pregnant within three or six months. Meanwhile, you only have a three percent chance of being infertile if you fall within this age group.
You may think you're too young for a baby, but nature says you are in your prime.
Between the ages of 25 and 29, you have a 78 percent chance of conceiving within 12 months of trying still great! You have a five percent chance of being infertile, statistically speaking (that means nothing to you if you were diagnosed with some form of infertility, in which case you obviously have a 100 percent chance of being infertile).
If you are aged 30 to 34, your biological clock is already beginning to tick. Statistics still say that you have a 63 percent chance of getting knocked up within a year. Women who are in their early thirties certainly have no business getting all panicky about their odds of getting pregnant if they are going to start trying for a baby soon however, they should not put their baby-making venture off much longer.
Women in their early thirties have an eight percent chance of encountering fertility struggles.
By the time you get to your late thirties 35 to 39 your fertility will decline rapidly. At the beginning of this age group, you will have a 52 percent chance of getting pregnant, but that will have dropped to 36 percent when you reach 40.
Are you in your mid to late thirties?
You don't have years to think about when you want a baby any more, and if you think your life will be less fulfilling without kids you should start trying now, before your fertility declines to a point at which it is really rather unlikely that you will get pregnant. By 40, your chances of being infertile start getting closer to your chances of conceiving you will have a 36 percent chance of getting pregnant, but a 32 percent risk of being infertile.
Women who are in their mid-forties often already start to encounter perimenopause symptoms, and they may not ovulate every month any more. These women only have a five percent chance of getting pregnant within a year (naturally, that is), and a whopping 69 percent chance of being infertile, or perhaps better said, beyond the fertile years.
When should you start trying to conceive?
In this day and age, many couples want everything to be just perfect before they start having kids. They want to finish their education, get stable jobs and perhaps reach a reasonable level, have a house... the list goes on. Birth control has provided us all with great opportunities to avoid having kids when we are not ready for them, but it has also made it possible to wait longer than we should.
Here's the thing. Life will never quite be ideal. Families with children will always face struggles, and they will also have plenty of growth opportunities emotionally and financially. Life after kids is not life without opportunities. Building your career may be harder with kids, and renting when you have kids may not be fantastic.
However, if you focus on getting everything just right, you might miss out on the biggest dream of them all. The dream of having a family. Perhaps it is time to realize that human bodies cannot do everything. It's great to take all other factors into account when you are deciding when to try to have children. But, it's just as important to take that one natural factor that is totally beyond our control into account. That biological clock is real, and fertility treatments are expensive, slightly risky, and very invasive.
Is your situation "good enough" for a baby? I'd like to encourage you to go for it! You will not regret a baby, but you will regret missing the opportunity to get pregnant because you left it too late.