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Reproductive Aging: Don't Be Blindsided

A recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, finds that there are a variety of factors that influence when a woman has her first child, including such things as being in a secure relationship and feeling in control of one's life. These are, of course, important factors that help you decide when having a baby is right for you ...

But it's important not to be blindsided by reproductive aging.

Here's a few fertility facts you should know that may help you plan a family.

  • A healthy 30-year-old woman has a 20 percent chance per month to get pregnant.
  • in the United States, approximately 20 percent of women wait until age 35 to start trying to get pregnant.
  • A healthy 40-year-old woman has only a 5 percent chance of getting pregnant per month.
  • For women ages 40 to 44, 29 percent are infertile, compared to 15 percent of women ages 30 to 34 and 7 percent of women ages 20 to 24.

For more information, read: Why Women Wait to Have Babies.

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