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Relative Fertility Rates

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, November 30, 2006 | 0 comments

Ovarian reserve decreases with age. Declining fertility with aging is not a new concept and low fertility rates with aging have been observed for centuries. The following table gives some indication of comparative fertility rates by age, with age 20-24 arbitrarily defined as 100%.

From: Maroulis GB, Semin Reprod Endocrinol 9: 165-75, 1991.

* This older data is likely to include substantial inaccuracies.

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