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78% chance of conceiving between 35 & 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 23, 2007 | 1 comments

MYTH: Your fertility declines dramatically after age 35.

Although it's true that your fertility declines as you age, you still have an excellent chance of having a baby even if you're past the reproductive world's magic age of 35. According to the National Centre for Health Statistics, you have a 96% chance of conceiving within one year if you're under 25, an 86% if you're between 25 and 34, and a 78% chance if you're between the ages of 35 and 44.

(Editor’s Note: Could it really drop all the way to 0% chance after that!? More likely it dropped to about 58%!)


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Out of the blue, I just learned I am pregnant. I am 45 years old, and just married (first time) for three months. I am blown away! I haven't yet shared the news with my husband as he has kids and we never really agreed that at this stage of life, we'd have more. I went to the doctor's yesterday and am so bummed as the ultrasound showed nothing yet. The Dr. was rather downbeat and said we'd have to rely on bloodwork regularly to gauge any "progress". She made me feel as if this would not be a viable pregnancy. I am active, healthy and a young 45, if I do say so myself! I think I want this baby! I can't do anything but wait at this point...and try to read encouraging stories of others who've had no problem at this age or after!!

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