How Can I Increase Fertility After 35?

Getting pregnant becomes more complicated with age for women of al backgrounds and ethnicities. You are most fertile in your early 20s, and fertility usually begins to decline after the age of 30, and then again further after 35, when this decline speeds up even more. However, that is not to say that women cannot get pregnant after the age of 35 or even 40. 

With more people living longer than ever, couples and individuals alike are waiting longer than traditionally to get pregnant and start a family, with many women in their 40s undertaking various forms of fertility treatment in the UK and around the world, successfully and healthily. Furthermore, those not looking to start a family until after 35 or 40 can freeze their eggs to preserve fertility for many more years. For those who want to get pregnant naturally and for people who may be going through the fertility treatment journey, there are a number of ways in which to help improve your chances of fertility and getting pregnant. Here we look at some of the ways you can increase your fertility after 35. 

Speak to a Fertility Doctor

There are many treatment options available if you are having trouble getting pregnant. The treatment will depend on the cause, so it is essential to speak to a medical professional or healthcare provider about your circumstances. A fertility specialist will either diagnose a problem and suggest medication or treatment or recommend some lifestyle changes to boost your fertility. Because time is of the essence, women over 35 are urged to seek help from a doctor after trying to get pregnant for six months, whereas younger women are often advised to wait a year.

Track Your Menstrual Cycle

If you understand your menstrual cycle, you are more likely to have a better chance of conceiving successfully. The average cycle is 28 days, but it can vary from 20 to 40 days for some women. If your menstrual cycle is regular, you probably ovulate two weeks before the next cycle starts. Tracking your cycle can help you and your partner work out the best time to have sex to get pregnant.

Healthy Habits for Improved Fertility

Much like getting pregnant at any age, people over 35 need to maintain a healthy lifestyle and work on their daily habits to help positively influence their ability to fall pregnant and increase fertility. Both you and your partner should pay attention to any unhealthy habits you may have picked up over time, such as smoking or excessive drinking. Kicking some of your unhealthy habits  will help improve your chances of conceiving, and you are also very likely to experience plenty of other benefits too. If a patient is seeking fertility treatment such as IVF or otherwise, improving general health is usually recommended too.

To boost fertility after 35, you and your partner should try to:

Quit Smoking and Avoid Passive Smoking – Smoking makes people less fertile. Cigarette toxins damage eggs and cause the ovaries to age. Research shows that the ovaries of a 35-year-old smoker function like a 42-year-old non-smoker. If you’re already dealing with the obstacle of conceiving at a higher age, smoking will only exasperate the challenge. Cutting out cigarettes can help you improve fertility after 35. Talk to your doctor to get help quitting smoking. 

Reduce Alcohol – Research shows a connection between high alcohol consumption and difficulty getting pregnant. Alcohol alters the body’s oestrogen levels, which can hinder egg implantation. Keep an eye on your drinking habits when you are trying to conceive. It is generally still safe to consume a small amount of alcohol infrequently.

Maintain a Healthy Body Weight – High BMI and excess fat around your body can lead to the overproduction of hormones which disturbs regular ovulation and reduces your chances of conceiving. Whereas, being underweight can leave your body struggling to produce enough hormones to ovulate each month. Talk to your doctor about maintaining a healthy weight to make yourself more fertile.

Eat a Healthy Diet – Nutrient deficiencies decrease fertility by lengthening your menstrual cycle so that you ovulate less frequently. Ensure you are getting enough protein, iron, zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, and antioxidants like folate and zinc. Check with your doctor to see if you need any vitamin supplements or a prenatal vitamin.

Remember that getting pregnant naturally as well as the process involved with fertility treatments of any nature take time and thus, patience is key to the process. However, improving your lifestyle and taking up healthy practices more generally is always recommended for generally better health, which can in turn, help improve fertility chances.

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