The Risks of Geriatric Pregnancy: After Age 35

The Risks of Geriatric Pregnancy: After Age 35

Pregnancy after 35? What’s the big deal?

Well, it depends on your perspective. If you are one of those women who have already had at least two children, then yes, having another child might not seem like such a bad idea. However if you don’t want to start a family right away or even later than that, then you probably shouldn’t worry too much about becoming pregnant again.

It is true that there are some medical conditions which increase the chances of getting pregnant after 35 years old. These include certain types of cancer, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and other hormonal imbalances. Other reasons why women may become pregnant after 35 years old include unprotected sexual activity and lifestyle choices.

For example, smoking increases the chance of getting pregnant; drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the risk; and using illegal drugs decreases the risk.

However, there are many other factors which decrease the chances of getting pregnant after 35 years old. Women who exercise regularly and eat healthy foods are less likely to get pregnant. They also tend to avoid taking birth control pills and condoms because they believe these methods will prevent them from reproducing.

A woman who has been sexually active before she turns 35 years old is more likely to conceive a second time than someone who hasn’t had any sexual partners prior to her age.

There are certain factors which affect the chances of getting pregnant after 35 years old. While some women seem to get pregnant easily as soon as they decide to have another child, others will go through hell and high water just to get pregnant. Most of these factors can be controlled to some extent.

In any case, it is important to remember that there are no guarantees about getting pregnant, regardless of your age for most women unless they suffer from certain medical conditions which prevent pregnancy.

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