Is 35 'too old' to conceive?
‘Too old’, whether that number is 30, 35 or 40 is individual to almost every woman.   Consider that at the time a woman is born, her egg supply has been reduced from 6-7 million eggs to 2-3 million. By the time menstruation begins, that number has gone down to 300,000 to 400,000 eggs. Each month, during a woman’s early years (of menstruating), 1000 eggs will develop, from which the ovary will release only one, the remainder of which will die off. When a woman reaches menopause, usually in her early 50’s, her egg supply has been virtually depleted. One well done study demonstrated that at age 31, 50% of women begin to experience a decline in their monthly chance of having a child. By age 41, 50% of women will never conceive a child that is genetically theirs. By age 45, very few women retain the ability to conceive using their own eggs.
 
These statistics, while valid, reflect overall numbers and for each individual, their own personal odds could be better, worse or the same. 
 
A comprehensive Infertility workup will measure ovarian reserve (the number of eggs still present) through bloodwork and ultrasound.  This will present a clearer picture of a woman’s personal profile.  Based on this, you and your physician can determine the best ‘route to your baby’.
Should my husband/partner be examined as well?
An infertility evaluation should always include a semen analysis for male factor.  Keep in mind that 40% of infertility diagnoses are male factor and/or a combination of female and male issues.  Don’t just ‘assume’ you know.  It’s important to have all ‘parties’ checked out.
Is IVF the 'best' solution for Infertility?
Invitro Fertilization may or may not be the ‘best’ solution for any individual, but it’s important to note that, other than cases where there is a pre existing condition that calls for IVF (which could be structural or physiological), it is generally not the FIRST solution for Infertility.  More does not always equal more and often times, infertility can successfully be treated through more conservative means than IVF.  This, of course, requires a thorough infertility work up and discussion with the physician to properly map out a plan.

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