Getting pregnant: odds based on your age

Age is the most determining factor in the fertility of women to conceive a child. The reproductive stage of women par excellence revolves around 20 years, but that does not mean that it is impossible To get pregnant success later, that is, between 30 and 40 years or even later, between 40 and 45 years.

The age of the first pregnancy is being delayed all over the world. On average, Spanish women have their first child at age 30, according to the latest data published by the INE, belonging to 2015. While in 1975, the average age in Spain was 25.

Thus, in general, throughout the world, the age at which women become pregnant has increased considerably. For example, in the United States, women have their first child at age 25. In Japan, at 29, and in Germany, at 30.


The fertility peak of women

The woman usually reaches her peak of fertility between 23 and 31 years. Thereafter, the odds of To get pregnant They begin to shrink. At age 30, healthy and fertile women have a 20% chance of conceiving during any one cycle. This does not mean that 30-year-old women have only a 20% chance of becoming pregnant in general, but that 20 of every 100 women will get pregnant in the first cycle in which they try, while the remaining 80 will have to wait for later cycles

At age 31, fertility begins to fall by three percent each year, to 35, age at which the decline is most acute. At 40, the average probability per cycle that a woman conceives is five percent. The relationship between age and the probability of conceiving can be seen more clearly in the following table.


How old is it possible to get pregnant?

Generally, a woman may have chances of becoming pregnant until she is 41, but each woman is different. Some can extend this fertile period to 45 years. According to different studies, approximately one in four women over 35 have difficulty getting pregnant. And although there is a belief that women reach infertility when they reach menopause, the reality is very different, since most women have no chance of getting pregnant long before the onset of menopause.

With menopause the reproductive cycle of the woman and her fertile days ends, and the average age of the disappearance of the menstrual cycle is 51 years, however many women stop being able to conceive a child from 40 years old.


However, it is important to note that age is not the only factor on which fertility depends. Other factors that increase the probability of conceiving and prolong fertility over time are healthy habits, such as moderate exercise, a balanced diet, and few or no toxins such as alcohol and tobacco.

Blanca Prieto

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