For as long as I can remember, it has been widely believed that after the age of 35 it becomes far more difficult to conceive a baby. *Cue tick-tock sounds* While methods such as egg freezing and IVF have become increasingly popular, most people generally still hold the belief that if a woman really wants to have a baby, she needs to get cracking before she hits her mid-30s.
According to Attn: however, the actual age when it becomes harder for women to conceive is not 35, but actually older. While it is true that it becomes slightly more difficult to conceive after the age of 30, it is not until the age of 40 (or older) that it actually becomes significantly more difficult for women to become pregnant.
In fact the commonly cited statistic that states that one in three women ages 35 to 39 won’t be pregnant after one year of trying, is actually based on French birth records from 1670 to 1830.
More recent and accurate data from a 2013 study published in Fertility and Sterility found that “among women having sex during their fertile times, 78 per cent of 35-to-40-year-olds got pregnant within a year, compared with 84 per cent of 20-to-34-year-olds.”
So the good news? That biological clock may not be ticking quite as fast as you thought it was, leaving women everywhere more time to focus on other areas of their lives before committing to being a mother.