How long can I really wait to have kids?
There is obviously no right answer to this, but if you fear that as soon as you hit 30 your ovaries
wither up like grapes in the sun, then stop fretting. Whilst it's true fertility rates do start to decline over the age of 30, the drop is not as severe as we are lead to believe.
Research carried out by Dr. Jean Twenge found that many of the stats quoted about fertility are based on very old data, including the commonly cited fact that after age 35, one in three women will have trouble falling pregnant within a year, which is shockingly based on information from the 1700s.
More comfortingly, a recent study in Obstetrics & Gynecology examined the chances of pregnancy among 770 European women and found that with sex at least twice a week, 82% of 35 - 39-year-olds conceive within a year, compared with 86% of 27- 34-year-olds, with the fertility of women in their late 20s and early 30s being almost identical.
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