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Fertility Facts vs Fertility Myths: What You Need to Know

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Updated September 15, 2013

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Myth: Age Doesn’t Affect Fertility If You’re Healthy. Plus, There's IVF Anyway.
Fertility and age

You can't stop your biological clock from ticking.

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Infertility Myth: Age doesn't affect fertility if you're healthy. Plus, waiting to have children isn't a problem anymore because of assisted reproduction technologies, like IVF.

Fertility Facts: While certain unhealthy habits, like smoking, may speed up the effect of age on fertility, living a healthy lifestyle will not stop your biological clock.

Fertility begins to decline in a woman starting at age 27. At age 35, that decline speeds up, and after 40, it declines even more steeply. A healthy lifestyle cannot stop the natural process of aging.

Another misconception is that age isn't such a big deal since we have IVF, but IVF and other fertility treatments cannot reverse the effects of age related infertility. Egg donation can help, but even that is not a guarantee.

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