In this fast paced world and tough economy, our lives continually get busier and more complicated.
Every day, more and more men and women postpone having children to accommodate their careers.
Before they know it, they are over 40 and worried that it may be too late.
The good news is that it is not too late. It is becoming more and more common for people over 40 or later to successfully conceive. It will be more difficult that it was in your 20s or 30s, but it is definitely realizable.
However, the difference between the women who conceive over 40 and the women who do not is their level of health.
Fertility is not just a women’s issue. Studies have shown that couples where the men are over 40 are 25% to 50% less likely to successfully conceive. This ratio increases, sometimes exponentially, if the woman is also over 40.
However, just as in women, an over 40 man’s fertility is closely linked to his health.
There are plenty of serious health conditions that can affect fertility, such as diabetes and hormone imbalances. However, one of the most common causes is simply being out of shape.
Being only 20 pounds over weight can have a much greater impact on your fertility at age 40 than it did at age 30. On the other hand, if you are underweight you body tends to consume muscle for energy.
This can send a “starvation” signal throughout your body and shut down reproductive functions. Staying as close as possible to your ideal weight is the best way to stay in shape and boost fertility. This means you have to eat right and exercise appropriately.
There are reproductive doctors who specialize in fertility and can offer you any number of procedures and prescriptions. If you are not ready for such drastic measures, there are also natural remedies which have shown substantial fertility benefits.
The first remedy is to lower your stress levels related to your fertility. There are countless stories of couples over 40 successfully conceiving after they had decided to stop trying.
This is because they finally got rid of their self-imposed pressure. This kind of stress can make your body feel threatened, reducing fertility.
Many people are also using herbal remedies to boost their fertility. For women, herbs like red clover and raspberry leaf help improve reproductive function, relax the nervous system, and restore any hormone imbalances.
Men using ginseng and astralagus have shown significant increases in conception rates.
If you are over 40 and have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive, it is time to examine your fitness level. If you are not at your ideal weight or are otherwise living an unfit life, it may be time to be more proactive and aggressive about your health.
You can take herbs, pills, and other treatments to improve fertility, but even they will work more effectively if you are in shape.