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Important Facts About Pregnancy After Age 35

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Lower quality eggs

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One reason getting pregnant after 35 can be challenging is that egg quality drops off. As we age, so do our eggs. This means that the chances of producing an embryo with chromosomal abnormalities increases as a would-be mother’s age increases. Another way to think of poor egg quality is to use the phrase the Southern California Reproductive Center uses- “diminished ovarian reserve.” The site goes on to say that, “In some cases, aneuploidy can cause birth defects, but more often it results in miscarriage, often at such an early stage that a woman does not even know she was pregnant. In IVF, problems with egg quality can mean that the resulting embryos don’t implant, or that the eggs fail to fertilize at all.”

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