Planning a Pregnancy Later in Life
About Your Ovarian Reserve
There are many reasons why you might decide to delay trying for a pregnancy until later in life – illness, lifestyle, career choices, relationships and just not being ready. However, delaying conception until your 30’s and later means that you run the risk of problems with getting pregnant due to your age. Sometimes, it may even be too late.
A healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance per month to get pregnant, but by the age of 40 the chance is only about 5% per month (these figures are often true for natural conception and artificial reproductive techniques, like IVF).
If you’re thinking about pregnancy and feel it’s time to take control and consider your choices, there are tests and services that can help.
The ‘Body Clock Test’ measures levels of Anti-Mullerian Hormone (AMH) and looks at the appearance of the ovaries on a transvaginal ultrasound scan -together this gives a good guide to your ovarian reserve and how long you may have to successfully conceive.
If the time isn’t right for you to consider having a baby, then you’ll be able to think about other options like egg freezing.
Here, Dr Bryan Beattie talks more about the Body Clock Test and Ovarian Reserve: