Fertility does start to decrease significantly after the mid-thirties, but it doesn't disappear completely.
- At 35, 95% of women will get pregnant after three years of having regular unprotected sex.
- At 38, 75% will get pregnant after three years of having regular unprotected sex.
Try to make sure that you and your partner lead a healthy lifestyle and talk to your doctor if you have not conceived after six months.
If you have any other health concerns related to fertility, such as endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid problems see your doctor earlier.
Being fit and healthy is an advantage if you're thinking about starting or adding to your family.
How do you know when you're pregnant? If you've been trying for a baby, there are a few ways to find out whether you're expecting.
Follow these simple steps to make sure that your body is in the best condition to for conception. If you have stopped using contraception you could be pregnant at any time.
It takes two to make a baby. We’ve put together some useful tips for making super sperm and giving you the best chance of making a healthy baby.
If you've decided you're ready to start a family, find out more about getting your pregnancy off to the best start.
- Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Infertility – common causes of female and male infertility, London HFEA, 2013. Also available at: http://www.hfea.gov.uk/infertility.html (accessed 12 May 2014)
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Fertility: assessment and treatment for people with fertility problems, clinical guideline 156, London NICE, 2013