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Medical Science, Pregnancy, the Unexplained and You

Though I don’t deny the importance of medical statistics, I think an external force (call it God, light or whatever you want) and other factors determine pregnancy. Did you know that far back in history women aged 40 and above gave birth with no complications or worry? Back then, there were no medical experts to scare them from trying to conceive.

I’ve heard the woes of a modern-day mother trying hard, using all kinds of medical methods to help her daughter get pregnant. Her daughter has an irregular monthly period, which makes becoming pregnant difficult. So her Gynecologist proposed in vitro fertilization (using her own eggs) and other methods to get her pregnant.

So does age matter when it comes to pregnancy? Or does it have to do with a woman’s health, the number of eggs she has or the regularity of her menstruation? Let’s take a look at some popular medical findings over the years related to women’s age and pregnancy.

8  Percentage of Birth Rate for Women Over

A WebMD article, published on August, 2005, mentions how women in their early 40’s have an average chance of conceiving a child. A woman who is 44 years old is said to have practically zero chance of conceiving a child. Can a women at 45 years of age get pregnant naturally? Surely not!

Researchers took the data of over 1200 women who had received at least three high tech infertility treatments from a huge infertility clinic in Boston. From this data, they concluded that only 25 percent of those aged over 40 conceived a child. Women who are 43 years old are said to have a birth rate of 10 percent.

These are some dismal numbers

If you are 44 years old, you’re practically doomed – the birth rate is just 1.6 percent or what WebMD mentions as near zero. But what is a 1.6 percent birth rate compared to the number of 44 year-old women all over the world? How many of them do you think? We’re talking about millions of women.

7  Percentage of Miscarriages for Women Over

The miscarriage rate for women aged over 40 was said to be 24 percent. Those who are 43 years old have a miscarriage rate of 38 percent, while those unlucky enough to be a year older have a miscarriage rate of 54 percent. This makes me wonder why there’s so much difference between these age groups when they’re only one year apart.

All the above findings were mentioned in the prestigious Fertility and Sterility Journal – the data taken from the 1200 women in a Boston clinic. It seems that taking a random sample size of 1200 women out of the world’s total female population of around 3.5 billion women seems hardly conclusive. 

6  Percentage of Women Aged + Having Trouble Getting Pregnant

There is an often-quoted statistic that states one third of women over 35 years old have trouble conceiving a child and two thirds of women over 40 years old have trouble conceiving a child after a year of trying.

Infertility is apparently defined as the inability of to conceive a child after one whole year of unprotected sex, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. But, I wonder why the society advises women over 35 years old to see medical experts if they can’t conceive within six months.

We're constantly being told that women have a fertility window

Again, what is the difference between age and number of months without successfully becoming pregnant? And what is the correlation and why is it so significant?

5  The Truth About Certain Statistics

According to Jean Twenge, a psychologist from the San Diego State University and others who have researched the aforementioned statistics, they were traced to Church birth records of women in France during the 1700s. How do we know for how long these women tried to get pregnant, how they tried or if at all they tried?

Jean Twenge is a psychologist who wrote a book entitled, “The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant.” Her sheer frustration and shock of being told by her doctor that she might find it hard to conceive made her do some research of her own. She got pregnant naturally and gave birth to a healthy children in her 40’s. 

Cutoff age for women over 40 to conceive naturally

The Sackler School of Medicine, located in Tel Aviv, performed a study about pregnancy in 2009. They determined the cutoff age for a woman conceiving a child to be 43 years old based on their data. This is also the final age when she can use her very own eggs for her IVF treatment.

Your fertility is largely determined by your eggs. Would anyone know how many eggs a woman had at a specific age for sure? 

4  A Woman’s Biological Clock and Other Aspects

Each woman has her own biological clock, which ticks at its own rate. Perhaps, some of these medical experts should invest time and energy researching a woman’s biological clock and concluding the exact number of eggs a woman can produce to make life easier for those wishing to get pregnant.

A woman’s fitness, health, psychological makeup and other aspects differ from woman to woman. These aspects play a vital role in the ability of a woman to get pregnant. Maybe there's something missing in these women's live's that makes it harder fro them to conceive.

There are many things which can have an effect on fertility

There are women who’ve tried so hard, using IVF and other medical methods, only to give up and lo and behold become pregnant. Maybe, it’s because after the stress of undergoing all the treatments, they relaxed and let nature take its course. This reminds me of the saying, “Nature is a volume of which God is the author.” 

3  Interesting Statistics about Pregnancy of Women Over

Did you know in the 1920’s the average age of a woman having her last child was 42. It’s hard to believe considering all that our modern day medical experts say, but it’s true. I have relatives who are a testimony to that fact.

These women never used medical contraceptives to prevent pregnancy, ate a completely different diet, and probably weren’t exposed to the same amount of toxins and chemicals that we are. All of which could’ve contribute to their ability to conceive naturally for longer. 

2  Men’s Fertility Plays a Vital Role Too

Historically, women are blamed if they can’t bear a child – it’s hardly the man, (as if he does not play any role!) It’s hardly surprising since the pride of a man is a truly touchy issue. Through modern research, we now know about the vital role men play when it comes to pregnancy.

Apparently, the older a man becomes, especially if he is over 40, the less fertile they become. The results of this study were published in the American Journal of Gynecology in 2004.

This brings Mariah Carey and her husband to my mind. Did you notice the gap in their ages? She was 41 years old when she gave birth to her twins. Her husband, Nick Cannon, was 31 years old. Halle Berry was 42 years old when she gave birth to a child for the first time, with Gabriel Aubry who was nine years younger to her.

These stories mean there's hope for women in their 40's

Halle insisted that the pregnancy was natural after she gave up on her IVF treatments. She became pregnant again without the use of any medical aids or intervention and gave birth to a healthy baby boy when she was 47 years old. This time, her partner, Olivier Martinez, was only a year older than her. 

1  What Is Important to Conception?

I do think that health and keeping fit plays an important role in getting pregnant and having an easy child birth. Apart from health and fitness, the menstruation cycle plays a role. Irregular periods may make it harder to get pregnant compared to those with routine cycles, but there may be other factors at play.

Perhaps, regulating your cycle if it is irregular and ensuring that you talk openly with your doctor about your blood flow can give you a window into your fertility.

There are women who are healthy and fit with a steady or regular menstruation cycle and yet, they can’t get pregnant. I’m referring to those in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s. That’s when I wonder. Is getting pregnant as simple as a diligent sperm attaching itself to a beckoning ovum and creating an embryo?

Fertility is still a mystery in some regards

Or is there an invisible hand that works and creates a life within a woman’s body irregardless of her age? Scientists are still trying to figure out all the amazing mysteries of the human body, which we take for granted every day. When you think about how your body is capable of self-healing, don’t you wonder?

Perhaps, pregnancy too is God’s, or the Universe’s wonder – something that cannot be explained purely by science!

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