When I first started writing about women with fertility problems, a quarter of a century ago, I was told by the fertility expert Professor Robert Winston that a woman’s chances of getting pregnant naturally diminished rapidly after the age of 35. That has not changed.
Our most fertile years are in our 20s. From 30 our fertility is declining, though much more steeply after 35. By 40 only two out of five women will manage to get pregnant naturally when they want to.
China’s largest travel agency, Ctrip, is now offering its senior female staff up to £230,000 to freeze their eggs so they can carry on working and postpone starting a family…
In the UK, the latest fertility predictor, myLotus, offers a uniquely personalised method of monitoring your fertile times by scrutinizing levels of the hormones hCG and LH in your urine. These are compared with what is normal for you – even if you have an irregular cycle – rather than what is normal for the average woman.
It is a welcome addition to the market, helping women better understand their bodies and their cycles.
The pain of infertility is immense. Watching months and years tick by as you yearn for a baby while others around you get pregnant is hugely distressing – especially when we remember that the window of opportunity is so small. For this story, A Miracle At Last, I spoke to Angela Brown, who had been trying for a baby for no less than 20 years before finally having her dream come true…