Maternal Age & Conception


It’s almost impossible to think about the time to successful conception without considering maternal age. As a woman ages the eggs in the ovary also age and the chances of producing abnormal eggs increases.

Around about 80% of women trying to conceive will have achieved that within six to 12 months of starting to try to fall pregnant at the age of 35. But at 40 to 42, that’s around half as much. In addition, with advancing maternal age, there is more chance of miscarriage, and of course, conception itself requires a successful conception and fertilisation to take place followed by a full nine months gestation. And so advancing age is really critical to the time to conception, making it far harder to conceive so quickly as you get older.