As a woman ages, so do her eggs. While a 35 year old female might be considered young by societal standards, her egg quality has already begun to decline. At birth, a woman has over 1 million eggs, but once she reaches puberty only 300,000 remain. As she reaches 35, it’s not just how many eggs she has left that matter in her fertility success, it’s also how well her eggs have aged.
Many women are waiting longer and longer to have children, and with that comes the realization of what time has done to their fertility. Age is more than a number, it’s what determines your chance of pregnancy success. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a woman in her 20s is at the ideal age for reproduction, while a woman in her 40s drastically reduces her chance at having a live birth using her own eggs.
A 30 year old woman has a 20% chance of becoming pregnant each month. By 40, it’s only 5% and she is at an increase for miscarriage and birth defect as chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus increase.
It isn’t just quantity that matters, egg quality declines as a woman gets older, lessen her opportunity for a healthy biological child. While AMH or the Anti-Mullerian hormone level test is a good indicator of the status of a woman’s ovarian reserve, her age is the best predicator of egg quality.
IVF treatment can be helpful when treating many fertility issues and can even be a good indicator of whether egg quality is an issue. While embryos are in the incubation period, problems with fertilization and maturation can provide doctor’s with information about a patient’s egg quality. Though over 5 million babies have been born using IVF treatments, unfortunately once egg quality has declined, IVF success rates fall as well. Donor eggs are always a viable option for pregnancy success, as oocyte age is what determines a positive outcome, not the age of the uterus.
Though you may not be ready for a family now, freezing your eggs at a younger age could help ensure fertility success down the road. Even those who have already had a child, but prefer to wait to try for another might benefit from egg freezing. Previous fertility success doesn’t always guarantee future pregnancies. Just as we can’t stop time, we can’t stop the aging process from affecting the quality of our eggs.
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