What are the ages at which people can have children, and how important is age when deciding when to get pregnant?

The desire to become a mother or father is a common desire among many individuals and couples. However, conceiving is not always an easy path to follow, and there are those who face complex challenges and dilemmas. In that sense, reproductive age plays a fundamental role, as it has a significant influence when seeking a pregnancy.

Although the female gender has always been more associated with concerns about the end of their fertile stage, men are not exempt either; that is why in this article we will find out a little more about infertility, doubts and solutions.

What do we call reproductive age?

Also known as fertile age, we talk about that period of time in which a person has the biological capacity to conceive. In the case of women, it also means being able to carry a pregnancy to term.

For women, the reproductive age begins with the first menstruation during puberty and continues until menopause, which is when the ovaries stop releasing eggs and menstruation no longer occurs. It usually occurs around the age of 45 to 55 years. It is important to understand that womens follicular count starts declining usually at 35 years of age being almost over at the age of 40-42, meaning that usually after this age women lose the capacity of using their own eggs and need to go for egg donation.

In men, reproductive age extends throughout much of their lives, as they continue to produce sperm well past adulthood. However, their «quality» and count can become impaired as the years go by. Commonly, around the age of 50, their fertility may be affected.

The influence of reproductive age on fertility

When it comes to conceiving, it is clear that reproductive age plays a crucial role, especially for women, who even before menopause may experience problems gestating. The fact is that from the age of 30 onwards, the egg count and its efficacy decrease.

In addition, advanced maternal age can increase the risk of complications during pregnancy, such as premature delivery, preeclampsia and chromosomal abnormalities in the baby, such as Down syndrome.

For men, although reproductive age has no clear cut-off point, some studies suggest that sperm quality, which declines slightly with age, is also linked to these complications.

Importance of reproductive age when seeking pregnancy

While each case is unique and there are exceptions, time is an important factor to consider when it comes to planning a pregnancy.  However, this does not mean that it is impossible to conceive at an older age, but it does mean that it may require a little more effort due to possible difficulties.

In that sense, the Babynova clinic, part of the Novafem group, comes to dispel some concerns. Its assisted reproduction specialists are familiar with these and other infertility cases.

The fertility and genetics medical center based in Colombia offers its services to people from all over the world thanks to its international agreements. With a highly trained team and state-of-the-art technology, it is prepared to provide companionship to individuals and couples in their desire to become mothers and fathers.

What can I do?

Babynova explains that although the reproductive stage may seem to be the determining factor, current treatments are able to overcome, for the most part, the inclemencies of age.  Through a comprehensive evaluation, such as the one they offer, they can determine the causes of infertility and propose the most appropriate treatment plan.

From directed intercourse to In Vitro Fertilization through Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), there is an extensive list of procedures that can help you conceive in a safe and controlled manner, including surrogacy, which has become a very popular option since it offers the greatest chance of success while taking care of the health of all involved.

Learn more

We invite you to learn more about these processes, and remember that you can always turn to professional help when it comes to difficulties in conceiving.

Babynova provides warm and safe experience to people from all over the world on their path to parenthood, offering comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatments to fulfill the dream of becoming mothers and fathers.

Emotional support and legal advice are two unique aspects that characterize this clinic.