It's not really because you don’t know how the biological clock is ticking when you as a woman pass the age of 35. It’s well documented and the stress of it does not help the specific situation. It does not make you find a partner or get pregnant faster if you are already trying.

But still, somethings are worth mentioning about age and fertility. 

Fertility declines early

Firstly, we're all getting older when we have children. In 1980, the average age of first-time mothers was 24.6 years. By 2020, the average age had risen by five years to 29.6 years. Here we can already begin to find an explanation to the fact that approximately 10% of all children today are made with the help of a fertility clinic. Women's fertility decreases already from the woman is 20 years old. 

As a 20-year-old, the chance of getting pregnant during a menstrual cycle (where you try to get pregnant and have sex during ovulation) is 33%. When the woman turns 30, that number has dropped to 17%, while a 40-year-old woman only has a 5% chance of pregnancy during a cycle. After the age of 40, only every third woman can become pregnant. If you succeed in getting pregnant, the risk of miscarriage is 50%. See our FSH Menopause test here: Femometer FSH Klimakterietest – Gravidtid

Men, age and fertility

Approximately 40% of all men have reduced sperm quality with a sperm concentration below 40 million sperm per ml. semen (buy a semen test here. Link) But still, age has no effect on fertility in men until they reach the age of 40. Until then, it is affected by only a few percent per year with a decrease in sperm volume and the motility of the sperm from the man is 20 years.

But something happens when the man hits the age of 40. Figures from the fertility wards show that a man under the age of 25 spends an average of 4.5 months getting a partner pregnant. If he is over 40, it takes an average of two years (if the woman is under 25) See our sperm quality test here: SwimCount Sædkvalitetstest – Gravidtid

What options are there for help?

No matter how stressful and uncomfortable it is to be in a race against time if you are over 35 and want a pregnancy, bear in mind that solutions exist. If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than 6 months as a woman who is more than 35 years old, then it is recommended that you contact your doctor. Then doctors can refer on to fertility help. Read more about your rights here: Which kind of assistance can I get if I don't get pregnant? – Gravidtid Read more about the examination of the woman's fertility in the public system here: How does the study of female fertility in the public system take place – Gravidtid And read about the examination of men's fertility in the public system here: How does the study of male fertility in the public system take place? – Gravidtid

In addition, there is also the possibility of getting eggs and/or sperm frozen if you are concerned of getting too old to get pregnant or make your partner pregnant. You can read more about this here: Freezing of the woman's eggs. Where and how? – Gravidtid and here Freezing of the man's semen. Where and how? – Gravidtid

Source: Statistics Denmark, Rigshospitalet, Danmarks Radio, Region Zealand