Even if you’re healthy and active, you may still have difficulties becoming pregnant in your late 30s and 40s.

Many women think that if they are fit and active, feel healthy, and are still menstruating that they are still fertile. Unfortunately this generally isn’t the case, as a woman’s eggs are as old as she is and older eggs have more difficulty becoming fertilized. Men’s fertility declines with age too, no matter how fit and healthy he is. However, if you are trying to become pregnant, having a healthy weight and a good level of overall health and well-being is going to be beneficial, as it will benefit your mental and physical health and well-being. This will also increase the likelihood of a healthier pregnancy if you’re able to get pregnant.

If you’re interested in how fertility declines with age, you may want to read about how long men and women can safely wait to have children in our Fertility History and Life Span section. If you’re concerned that you won’t be able to have children before your fertility starts to decline, you may be interested in fertility preservation. If you’re in your 40’s and think you might be unable to use your own eggs to have a child, you might want to read our question about egg donation in the Third Party Options section.


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