Is the age of 35 too late to have kids?
- IVF experts say career-minded women limit their chances of falling pregnant in their mid-30s
- A recent study reveals that 64 per cent of 1000 surveyed Australian women didn’t know their fertility would decline rapidly from 36 onwards.
- 60 per cent of respondents thought infertility in their 40s can be resolved through IVF.
- IVF doesn’t guarantee pregnancy as success rates rapidly decline among aging women.
Time is running out for women who want to conceive at 35 or older as age is one of the major causes of infertility, warns a Queensland’s IVF expert. This follows a new study which revealed a concerning number of Australian women who lacked awareness about their fertility. It showed that many women wrongly believed that IVF was a ‘safety net’ but in fact need to start trying early if they want to start a family. The survey of 1000 women, found a shocking 64 per cent of respondents. It also showed 60 per cent of women thought that infertility in their 40s can be resolved through IVF.
Dr. Molloy said IVF doesn’t guarantee pregnancy as success rates rapidly decline for aging women. ‘Your highest chance of success having a child will be if you can conceive before the age of 35. One of the most common reasons we see patients is age-related infertility, they are basically a modern woman – educated and a valuable addition to the workforce, but what has suffered is their fertility,’ Dr. Molloy told. ‘If you put a 34-year-old through an IVF program, the chance of getting pregnant on a single treatment cycle is in excess of 40 per cent.’ ‘When we put a 40-year-old through an IVF program, the pregnancy rate is about 20 per cent.’
Karyn Reardon, now mother of two, was 29 when she and husband Gerard first tried to start having children. ‘It took me eight challenging years to produce my first baby – if I had waited until after 35, perhaps it would never have happened,’ she said. After several rounds of IVF she gave birth to her first child Flyn, at 37 years of age and Ostyn, at 40.