Embrace your fertility and act on it: Your 30s bring rapidly changing reproductive potential
Women in their 30s have, on average, a 15 to 20% chance of getting pregnant each month. However, after the age of 35, female fertility starts to decline more rapidly. Between age 30 and 40, your ability to get pregnant decreases by half.
Determining whether you ovulate regularly, making sure that your uterus and fallopian tubes are normal, and confirming that your male partner has a normal semen analysis can all contribute to enhanced fertility in your 30s. Although the classic definition of infertility is one year of unprotected intercourse that fails to lead to pregnancy, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has shortened this period to six months for women 35 and older. Whether you suspect that you have a problem conceiving, or you just want to make sure that everything is OK, consider contacting our San Antonio fertility doctors Erika Munch, MD, and Susan Hudson MD. They can answer your questions about fertility and provide you with the peace of mind to try on your own or, if necessary, begin fertility treatment on your schedule.
Leading a healthy lifestyle can boost fertility in your 30s
In your 30s, it’s still important to take a daily folic acid supplement, maintain a healthy weight, limit caffeine and alcohol, and eliminate risky sexual behavior and cigarette smoking. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle boosts fertility in your 30s by establishing the optimal environment for a healthy pregnancy.
Understanding ovulation is essential to fertility in your 30s
Most women are only fertile immediately before, during, and after ovulation, so timing is everything when you’re trying to get pregnant. Twenty four to thirty six hours prior to ovulation, your body releases luteinizing hormone (LH), which causes your ovaries to release a mature egg. At this point, you’re able to get pregnant.
There are several ways to determine when you ovulate:
• Online ovulation calculator: Many websites provide ovulation calculators that estimate when you might ovulate based on the length of your typical menstrual cycle. Although helpful, these calculators are frequently not accurate.
• Basal body temperature testing: Shortly after ovulation, your body releases a hormone called progesterone, which causes your body temperature to rise by about one degree. You can use a basal thermometer to track ovulation over several months by taking your temperature every morning. If your temperature rises and remains elevated for 10-14 days, you probably ovulated. However, this is the least effective method of predicting ovulation and timing intercourse appropriately.
• Ovulation kit: Ovulation kits measure luteinizing hormone (LH) levels in your urine to help you know when you’re ovulating. The kits are easy to use and 90+% accurate.
You should plan to have sex around the time you ovulate. An egg can be fertilized for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation, while sperm can live for three to five days. To increase your chances of getting pregnant, you’ll want to have sex every other day around the time you ovulate. Having sex more often can decease a man’s sperm count.
Seek help from our San Antonio fertility doctors to optimize fertility in your 30s
As you get older, both the quality and quantity of your eggs decline and time is of the essence. Fertility doctors recommend that women under 35 should see a fertility doctor if they’re unable to get pregnant after one year of unprotected intercourse. Women over 35 should seek help after six months of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant.
San Antonio fertility doctors Erika Munch MD and Susan Hudson MD, suggest seeing a fertility doctor sooner if you have risk factors like irregular cycles, a history of medical problems related to fertility or a family history of early menopause.
Drs. Munch and Hudson provide fertility treatments such as IUI, IVF and donor eggs to address advanced maternal age
If you’re struggling with fertility in your 30s, Dr. Munch and Dr. Hudson have many fertility treatment options available to you. Depending on your situation, they may offer intrauterine insemination, IUI, or in vitro fertilization, IVF. If hormonal testing reveals that you have diminished ovarian reserve (ie. issues with the quantity of your remaining eggs),they may suggest more aggressive treatment – such as moving rapidly to IVF with pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS), or even IVF with donor eggs. Drs. Munch and Hudson may also suggest additional testing for your male partner if they suspect male factor infertility.
To boost fertility in your 30s, seek help from one of our San Antonio fertility doctors sooner rather than later. Contact Dr. Munch or Dr. Hudson to arrange for a consultation.