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Increasing Fertility after 40

When it comes to fertility, young women are really in a better spot than those of us who have been around the block. The fact of the matter is that the 20s are the most fertile time in a woman’s life. Statistically speaking conception is easiest prior to the age of 28. Things stay relatively steady until the mid-30s, where fertility rates start to decline quite rapidly. After 40, conception can be quite a challenge, with many women at that age having fertility struggles.

It’s those pesky hormones that are responsible for fertility problems, in many cases. During those younger years, the hormones involved in ovulation, conception, and carrying a baby to term are all available, usually, in higher quantities.

That said, many women are waiting until their later years to start having kids. The good news is that, because of advancements in medicine, we now understand a lot more about fertility than we did just a few decades ago. A woman in her early 40s who wants to have a baby can often still do so, even if she may need a little help.

While sometimes it takes medical intervention, there are some basic things that a woman over 40 can do to increase her fertility:

  • Time conception right. An ovulation prediction kit can help you figure out when the best time to try to make a baby is going to be. This is especially important as you get older, because you want to maximize your odds of getting pregnant each time you try.
  • Look into supplements. Fertility supplements can help some women increase their odds of becoming pregnant. One of the most effective fertility supplements out there seems to be Maca. Maca has been used for centuries to help increase fertility, and it’s one of the most commonly available aids to fertility that you’ll find.
  • Eliminate obstacles. There are a number of things – from environmental factors to your diet – that can get in the way of conception. Identify some of the more common obstacles to conception, and try to eliminate them if you want to maximize your odds.

Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.