Doctors issued a warning to couples not to wait too long to have a baby. A novel study by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has revealed that women aged thirty-five are more than six times prone to suffer fertility problems. Such women have more problems in conceiving in comparison to ten years younger women.
The study warned that older couples make it harder for them to have kids and raising the probability of grave medical complications for mother as well as baby. By reaching the age of forty women are more prone to have miscarriage than give birth.
The fertility of men also declines speedily from the age twenty-five and according to estimation by doctors the middling forty years old takes two years to get his partner pregnant, even if she is in her twenties. The expectant mothers in their late thirties and forties are at higher risk of complications like ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, pre-eclampsia and stillbirth.
Moreover such mothers are also more prone to need a Caesarean. The infants born to them are more prone to be premature, smaller or have Down’s syndrome and other genetic disorders. The study found that fertility treatments have only three percent success rate for women who are over the age of forty-four.
More than half of women in their forties use donor eggs as their own supply declined or the quality of egg is not so good to get pregnant. The risks of prolonging parenthood should be taught at school along with lessons on safe sex, reported the study published in the medical journal Obstetrician and Gynecologist.
Clear facts on fertility require to be made available to women of all ages to be reminiscent them that the most secure age for childbearing remains twenty to thirty-five. However women and doctors should remain vigilant to prevent unplanned and unwanted pregnancies, explained co-author David Utting.
This review emphasizes the problems associated with later maternal age. There are a number of reasons why women are leaving it later to start a family, for example, career concerns, financial reasons and finding a suitable partner. But, women should be given more information on the randomness of pregnancy and the problems that can happen in older mothers, Jason Waugh, from the Obstetrician and Gynaecologist.