Fertility and Age – How to Stay Fertile Longer

Fertility and Age – How to Stay Fertile LongerWe all know that fertility and age don't go hand in hand. Is it possible to stay fertile longer? According to the American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), a woman's fertility begins to decline in the late 20's, drops more sharply after 35 and plummets when she hits 40[1].

Examining The Link Between Fertility and Age

After the age of 30, the probability of getting pregnant naturally drops by 3%-5% per year and even faster after the age of 40![2] A healthy 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant in any given month, by the time she turns 40 the chances drop to 5%![2]

But don't throw the towel in to fertility and age just yet! There is hope. What these studies don't tell you about fertility and age, is the reason why fertility is dropping with advanced age.

The Reason Behind the Age-Related Decline

Women are born will all of their eggs while men start producing their sperm in puberty. We've had those eggs around for a long time. Everything we've ingested, inhaled, or smeared on our skin over the course of our life has either left a positive or a negative mark on all body cells including the eggs and sperm.

Most of the fertility and age issues have to do with the accumulation of toxins due to longer exposure and prolonged lack of necessary nutrients. These, in turn, result in poor energy production and faster aging and deterioration of the cells, including eggs and sperm.

Miscarriage and Aging

Aged cells are no longer plump and efficient. This means that they are slow on the uptake of nutrients and removal of toxic waists. Their membranes are no longer as efficient as they used to be and they don't communicate all too well anymore. Cells communicate with the other cells through nerve impulses and chemicals they release into the bloodstream. Hence, they are letting the body know what they require for optimal function and cell repair. Aged cells don't do that quite as well anymore.

Even if in this poor state of health, conception occurs. The likelihood of miscarriages and abnormalities is higher. But when the toxins are removed and the nutritional deficiencies addressed, your chance of a healthy pregnancy and conception is significantly better. In fact, many couples well into their 40s use a natural fertility program successfully.

Staying Realistic

However, you have to stay realistic. And depending on your age, state of health, and genetic inheritance, you may still require other options. Just because you waited a bit longer to have babies does not mean that you should rush now and skip preconception care. Take the time to give yourself and your baby the best possible chance of a successful and healthy conception and pregnancy.

Fertility and Age: How does preconception care increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby?

1. You know exactly which foods and substances are deteriorating your fertility and are contributing to aging and as such, you know what to avoid.

2. The detox allows your body to start with cell repair and toxin removal.

3. The fertility diet ensures you are getting enough building blocks required for optimal health of your eggs and sperm, as well as to sustain a healthy pregnancy.

4. All the nutrients required for a healthy pregnancy and healthy development and growth of your baby are present.

Healthy? Maybe Not...

At this point many of my patients say:

"I already have a good diet, eat healthily and exercise" Many people don't realize that many foods labeled as "healthy" are actually not. If you look closely at the ingredients, you'll see all sorts of additives and colors and sometimes even artificial sweeteners which are very toxic to the body. This is very common among vegetarians and vegans who think they have a very healthy diet by avoiding animal products but don't pay much attention to the ingredients of the "fake ham" or "fake sausages" and similar products which miraculously taste just like the "real thing" but with no traces of animal product.

Moreover, even if you eat non-processed food (and where possible, organic), the nutrient content of the food is not what it used to be 100s of years ago. These days food can be picked or caught today in one country and flown out to another part of the world tomorrow so that you can buy it in the supermarket.

In that short space of time, that food has been either frozen or refrigerated, packaged in plastic, gassed, X-rayed, possibly sprayed, or waxed to stay fresh for longer. By the time that food is on your plate, it has lost half its nutrients and possibly contains a myriad of toxins your liver will have to deal with.

But seafood is 'healthy'...

Another common misconception is when people think they eat very healthily by only eating seafood. Deep-sea fish that live for a long time is loaded with mercury[3], as are all the mussels and sea creatures without scales. This does not make crayfish and shrimps healthy either, as they crawl on the bottom of the sea and eat the sediment.

Unfortunately, our seas are polluted with jet fuel[4] which is rich in heavy metals, which have been found to be a big culprit in infertility[5][6]. Even the purest organic diet with the cleanest water and toxin-free environment may not meet the individual requirements for nutrients and supplementation for optimal preconception care is often required.

The Benefit of Preconception Care

By putting simple steps into place, you be increasing your chances of getting pregnant naturally, regardless of the link between your fertility and age. In addition, you will also help turn back the hands of time on your appearance. The beauty is not skin deep and the youthful appearance doesn't come from a jar or a bottle!

It comes from modifying your diet by avoiding:
  1. fast food
  2. fatty food
  3. simple carbs (sugary foods)
  4. white flour
  5. soft drinks
  6. coffee
  7. alcohol
  8. tap water
  9. smoking
And modifying your lifestyle:
  1. minimum of 7-9 hours of sleep
  2. regular exercise
  3. reduced exposure to environmental toxins and radiation
A study regarding fertility and age by Foresight, a former Association for Pre-Conceptual healthcare in the United Kingdom, demonstrated an astounding success rate of 81% of conceptions among couples previously diagnosed as infertile. Women who participated in the study of fertility and age were between 25-45 years and men between 25-59 years.

So, as you can see, it is possible to stay fertile longer and conceive despite advanced age. As long as you give your body what it needs to do its anti-aging and healing work naturally.

Fertility and age are of great concern for many modern women. What about you? Are you 38+? Do you feel your fertility may be compromised by your age? I'd love to hear your thoughts on fertility and age!

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About the Author: Iva Keene MRMed. ND. - Natural Fertility Specialist

Iva Keene is co-founder, creator and award-winning author of the NFP Program and director of Natural-Fertility-Prescription.com. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Health Science in Naturopathy and a Master Degree in Reproductive Medicine. She has been a qualified and internationally accredited Naturopathic Physician for over 15 years. Since founding NFP in 2008, Iva’s articles, videos, guides, and reports have reached over 1.3 million people. Iva has dedicated her professional life to supporting couples on their path to parenthood with scientifically grounded information, protocols, and coaching around preconception care, natural infertility treatments, and integrative reproductive health.