About 12-15% of couples are infertile, meaning they can’t get pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected sex. If you’re over the age of 35, however, you’re considered infertile if you’re unable to get pregnant after six months of unprotected intercourse.
Why is Age so Important for Getting Pregnant?
While there are many possible causes of infertility, such as endometriosis, hormone imbalances, and diminished ovarian reserve, to name a few, age is the biggest risk factor. Fertility peaks between the ages of 20-30 for women. The ability to get pregnant starts to decline after 30. In fact, women are half as fertile in their 30s as they were in their 20s. Fertility significantly drops after the age of 35. By the time you reach 40, your chance of conceiving gets lower with each passing month.