There are a lot of factors that can affect becoming pregnant, coming from both partners. Conception may not happen right away and could possibly take up to a year. If you are worried about your chances of conception, speak with your doctor before you try to conceive to see if there are any barriers that will hold you back or how to increase your chance.
Here are some factors that can hold back the chance of conception.
- Stress - if you are experiencing high levels of stress or are put into constant situations of stress, it will affect your chances of becoming pregnant. High levels of stress can affect your hormones and your ovulation cycle. Exercise or mediation are great ways to fight back stress.
- Sleep deprivation - maintaining a proper sleep schedule is better for everyone across the board. Proper sleep reduces stress, improves the immune system and gives you more energy. This goes for both men and women.
- Healthy weight - being overweight and underweight can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Weight issues can make your ovulation cycles irregular or not happen at all. Speaking with your doctor on how to gain or lose weight properly will help you combat this.
- Understanding your cycle - many women do not truly understand how their cycle works and when the peak times are to conceive. Knowing when the right times are for ovulation and understanding the life span of sperm and your eggs will give you a more accurate idea of when it is the right time.
- Stay positive - remind yourself that pregnancy can take time and that every person is different. What works for them may not work for you. Being prepared before you are ready to conceive will give you an advantage.
There is a lot of speculation on when you are no longer able to have children. Again, every woman is different, what may work for one may not work for another. The chances for older women to get pregnant is less than that of younger women; for women 27-34 years old there is a 40% chance of pregnancy and women ages 35-39 there is a 30% chance. Fertility decreases about 95% for women 40 years old and older; it is a simple fact that the older you get the number of eggs you have decreases.
Advantage maternal age (AMA) is usually described as starting at 35 years old. AMA women have a significant chance of having a baby with downs syndrome. This isn't a way to scare women over 35 years old into not having a baby, just that there are risks to consider the older you are when you become pregnant. Some of those risks are:
- Can be harsher on the body for those having their first pregnancy
- Egg quality decreases with age
- Higher risk of miscarriages
- Ectopic Pregnancy
- Gestational diabetes
If your age worries you when you decide to become pregnant, consult your doctor before conception. Staying healthy can help you and your pregnancy.