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Fertility Shock for Women
For some women, statistics relating to age and fertility can be something of a shock. Women reach their maximum fertility before 30, according to Access Australia, Australia's National Infertility Network. But between the ages of 35 and 40 the fertility rate drops by at least 30 percent. That's not to say you should throw in the towel. Statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics only a few months ago showed that, while Australia's overall total fertility rate dropped slightly, fertility rates for women aged 35-39 and 40-45 actually increased from the previous year.