More and more women are choosing to postpone starting a family until later in life.
While this often suits modern careers and lifestyles, it also introduces a risk that some women may ignore: trying to have a baby later in life can significantly affect your chance of becoming pregnant.
From around the age of 25 your chances of getting pregnant start to decline. By the age of 35 most women are half as fertile as they were at 25 (visit the HFEA website for more info), however the rate at which this happens differs for everybody.
Better understanding your fertility now can help you make informed decisions about how long you may want to wait before starting your family.
Do you have a question about fertility?
Dr Madgy Asaad is the Clinical Director at London Fertility Centre. He answers some of the most common questions women have about their fertility.
I’m not planning a baby, why do I need to find out about my fertility?
Every day I work with women who have delayed having a baby only to find that when they do eventually want to get pregnant they’re not able to. IVF treatment is available on the NHS but there’s a long waiting list and, in the meantime, their fertility keeps declining.
Knowing how fertile you are means you can make informed decisions about when you might want to start your family. You can also choose to put your fertility on ice by having your eggs frozen to use at a later date.