Fertility, Egg Freezing, and You

Thinking ahead

about fertility

If you're thinking about having a baby someday, but aren't
ready now, you should learn all you can about your
fertility, the benefits and risks of delayed childbearing,
and the potential of egg freezing.

Learn about your age, your eggs, and fertility

Learn about your age, eggs, and fertility.

These days it’s popular to talk about 40 being the new 30. Unfortunately, this does not apply to the health of your eggs.  A woman’s fertility peaks in her 20s, then gradually declines in her 30s, particularly after the age of 35.1

As a woman reaches her mid-to-late 30s, both the quantity and quality of her eggs decline. One important change is an increase in the number of eggs with genetic abnormalities.2,3

Did you know…

You are born with all the follicles, or potential eggs, you will ever have (about a million).5

At puberty, you have about 300,000 follicles, only 300 of which will ever be ovulated.6

Both the quantity and quality of your eggs decrease as you go from your 20s to your 30s, with a rapid decline after your mid-30s.7,8

Most women become infertile in their mid-40s, years before the average age of menopause.9

The number of eggs (ovarian reserve) you have at a given age may be related to the age at which your mother entered menopause. If she experienced early menopause, your supply of eggs will probably decline more rapidly than if she experienced normal or late menopause.10

You cannot judge your ability to have a baby later in life by your health or fitness, or by stories you may hear from people you know or see in the media.11

These facts are eye opening but critical to know when trying to understand your own fertility. It's important to learn all you can about this process from your health care provider so that you can make informed decisions.

Remember, only a Reproductive Endocrinologist, also known as an RE, can assess your fertility. A Reproductive Endocrinologist is a fertility specialist specifically trained to assess hormonal functioning related to reproduction, and is particularly skilled to address the nuances of infertility.

Call Fertility Lifelines at 1-866-538-7879 to find a fertility specialist in your area.

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1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 9. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Age and Fertility: A Guide for Patients. 2012. 

3, 8. Franasiak J, Forman E, Hong K, Werner M, et al. The nature of aneuploidy with increasing age of female partner: a review of 15,169 consecutive trophectoderm biopsies evaluated with comprehensive chromosomal screening. Fertil Steril. 2013;101:656-663. 

4. Wallace WHB, Kelsey TW. Human ovarian reserve from conception to the menopause. PLoS ONE. 2010;5:1-9. 

10. Bentzen JG, Forman JL, Larsen EC, Pinborg A, et al. Maternal Menopause as a predictor of anti- Mullerian hormone level and antral follicle count in daughters during reproductive age. Hum Reprod. 2013;28:350- 356. 

11. Mac Dougall K, Beyene Y, Nachtigall RD. Age shock: misperceptions of the impact of age on fertility before and after IVF in women who conceived after age 40. Hum Reprod. 2013;28:350-356.