Record numbers of women are focusing on their careers and putting off starting a family past the age of 40. But waiting to get pregnant at that age may create fertility problems. And that’s what happened to me. When I decided to finally get pregnant, at age 39, I found out I needed help from a fertility doctor.
According to a Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority report, the number of women turning to IVF treatments has increased by 500 percent over the past 20 years. One of the biggest rises was among 42-year-old women. The increase was from 300 to 1,839 in the same time period.