Trying to get Pregnant after 35

As the saying goes, when you least expect it, it happens.

As you get older, this is not the case when trying to get pregnant.  My wife and I are in a mid-thirties and thought it was time for us to start a family.

We were frustrated, scared and could not understand why it wasn’t working for us.

After a year without success, we consulted the help of a fertility specialist.  He told us that as people age, the ability to conceive declines rapidly.  In addition, we were both smokers, did exercise and had unhealthy diets.   We were also told that after age 35 the probability to conceive naturally is less than 5%.

Some reasons for difficulty to conceive as we age are:

  •  Hormonal changes resulting in altered ovulation.
  • A decrease in the number of healthy eggs to be ovulated.
  • Presence of gynecologic conditions, such as endometriosis, which may interfere with conception.
  • Lower sperm motility (swimming ability).
  • Decrease in cervical fluid

Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and/or caffeine, and being overweight drastically decrease your chances of becoming pregnant.  Since we smoked, were older than 35 and had a poor diets,  are chances  dwindled down to less than 1 percent.  We were in a panic.

With these factors inhibiting us to conceive naturally, we decided to try IVF (In Vitro Fertilization).

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