There is a whole breed of new-age women who do not choose to have a baby because of work commitments. This new “professional hazard” is spreading like an epidemic especially in metropolitan cities.
When to see infertility expert:
How old is too old?
For women, the cessation of menses (menopause) is an obvious sign of ageing. But it is by no means the only change. A transition period lasts for many years before menopause and this occurs because of a distinct and dramatic decline in oestrogen production. And as women ages, risk of genetic problems increases in the baby. This triad of declining fertility, declining hormone levels and increasing risk for genetic problems is what most people mean when they say “biological clock”.
Female biological clock:
Women in their 20s: Fertility rate/month is 20-25% Spontaneous miscarriage rate: 5-10% Incidence of genetic abnormality (Downs’s Syndrome) is 1 in 1200. Women in their early 30s: Fertility rate per month is 15% Miscarriage rate 20%. Women above 35s: Fertility rate per month 10% Miscarriage rate 25% Risk of Down’s syndrome 1 in 350 Genetic testing is recommended.
Women in their 40s: Fertility rate per month is 5%, Even with IVF, success rate is 10% 90% of eggs are genetically abnormal on biopsy. Miscarriage rate is 33% Incidence of genetic abnormalities is one in 38
Egg donation is the key. Oocyte donation success rate: 80%