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Nowadays more and more couples postpone making children for a later period of their lives. Whether for financial reasons or simply because you have not yet met the right partner, planning a similar event at a later stage in your life has its drawbacks. Our advice is to stop waiting to step on your feet financially, because you might regret that.
As shown in the table below, women are most fertile between 20 and 24 years. As we age, the likelihood of becoming pregnant is dropping significantly, while the likelihood of infertility is increasing with the same pace. Men can remain fertile longer, age also influences their fertility, although not so dramatically.
35 years old women are half as prolific as they were 25, 40 – half the potential of their 35 years. It turns out that reaching the 30′s or early 40′s, conceiving could be much more difficult.
Most couples (92%) conceive within two years if they practice regular sex and do not use contraceptives. Under “regular” we mean every two three days.
This means that 8% of couples are not achieving pregnancy within two years. If you are over 35 years and continue to try for another year, you may become pregnant, but over the next few years, the chances begin to fall dramatically. 6% of women that are 35 years and 23% of those that are 38 will conceive after three years of regular testing.
Therefore, if it appears that you have a problem to conceive, it is better to seek help sooner rather than procrastinate. It is advisable to attempt to conceive at least one year before going to consultation, but if you are over 35 years and have trouble conceiving, get help early on.