Advanced Maternal Age

Your family is still within reach.

Are you 35 years old or older and ready to start your family or wishing to extend your family? In today’s world, it seems hard to believe that 35 years of age is considered an advanced maternal age! While we are planning families 5-10 years later than many of our parents did, our fertility age continues to advance, leaving us to discover that we may need a bit of help creating the families we are now ready for.  

At Atlantic Reproductive Medicine Specialists, we are here to provide that help beginning with a preconception counseling session with our experienced fertility doctors in Raleigh to learn more about your conception options.

Understanding Your Fertility Health

As a woman, your fertility health and ability to conceive naturally decreases with age and in many cases successful fertility treatment results follow the same pattern. While being 35 years of age or older is considered an advanced maternal age, there are many other factors that can influence your fertility health. One way to categorize these factors is to think of them in terms of anatomy, environment, overall health and lifestyle.


Some examples of the physical issues associated with fertility challenges on the macroscopic level are blocked fallopian tubes, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, etc. On the microscopic level there can be problems with egg quality, genetics, etc.


Environmental causes of infertility may include rare exposures to environmental hazards such as heavy metals or, more commonly, exposure to medical treatments that have known adverse reproductive consequences.


Health-related issues can include hormonal imbalances, sexually transmitted infections, chronic disease, and more.


Lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity, excessive weight loss, aging, stress, use of anabolic steroids and other drugs may cause infertility. When it comes to women at an advanced maternal age in Raleigh, our fertility doctors focus on a personal and individualized risk assessment to help you learn more about your fertility health and develop your most optimal path to conception.

Hard Facts and Considerations

As you age the number of healthy and viable eggs you have decreases, as do the chances of achieving a viable pregnancy due to the natural changes that directly affect your menstrual cycle. If you are at an advanced maternal age and have experienced irregular periods, have not had a menstrual cycle in 60 days, or have had two miscarriages you need to speak to an experienced fertility doctor right away.

Start Building Your Family Today

When you choose to build your family at an advanced maternal age, you’ll need support and a fertility treatment plan that is created based on your fertility health and your goals. Our experienced fertility doctors in Raleigh can create your most optimal fertility path and meet wherever you are on your path to conception.

Atlantic Reproductive provides fertility treatment, testing and more to patients in Raleigh, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Chapel Hill and beyond from our office in Brier Creek. We also offer satellite monitoring in Wilmington and Morehead City. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.