Fertility,late pregnancy
I am a female just turned 29 and unmarried . I am not in a rush but want to know even if I get married in 1-2 yrs, will the fertility issues arise when I will plan a child. It is said that pregnancy is difficult after 30. Though I have regular periods and exercise regularly to keep myself fit. Any suggestions please.
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Dr. Neelima Deshpande
Sexologist 27 yrs exp Pune
Thank you for your question. I can understand your concern. Although it is true that fertility declines with age you need not worry if you are keeping fit and have regular cycles. There is no single age cut off by which things change drastically although most gynaecologists use age 35 years as a mark after which they do more tests to make sure the baby and mother are OK. In reality you can conceive at any age as long as you are getting periods which is why gynaecologists recommend using  contraception for at least one year following the menopause. However small there is a risk of pregnancy with unprotected sex. The older you get the more chances of age related problems like diabetes, blood pressure etc etc but in the Indian population most obstetricians have to remain alert to these at any age of the lady because of our genetics and tendency to suffer from these problems more often than the western population. so to conclude and reassure you it is perfectly OK to wait till you are sure you want to have a baby and of course the person you want one with is worth waiting for. Do continue to take good care of your health and you should have no difficulty conceiving when you so desire. with best wishes
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