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Advanced Maternal Age

Advanced Maternal Age

Your family is still within reach.

Are you 35 years old or older and ready to start your family or wish 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 decrease with age, and in many cases, successful fertility treatment results follow the same pattern. While 35 years or older is considered an advanced maternal age, many other factors can influence your fertility health. One way to categorize these factors is to consider 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 diseases, and more.


Lifestyle factors such as smoking, obesity, excessive weight loss, aging, stress, and 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 build your family at an advanced maternal age, you’ll need support and a fertility treatment plan created based on your fertility health and 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. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Helping You Conceive

Helping Your Conceive: Heterosexual Couples

Heterosexual Couples

If you and your partner have been trying to conceive for more than 12 months and have not achieved a viable pregnancy, you’ve naturally begun to wonder about infertility. We are here to help.

Helping Conceive: Same-Sex Couples

Same-Sex Couples

Through long-established fertility treatments, there are many pathways to building a family as a same-sex couple. Our experienced fertility doctors are here to help you chart your course.

Helping Conceive: Single Women

Single Women

Deciding to have a baby as a single woman is a life-changing decision. We understand your decision to have a child and will partner with you to determine the fertility path that meets your family goals and honors your values.

Helping Conceive: Single Men

Single Men

Just like women, men experience feelings of their “biological clock ticking.” Many single men feel the urge to start families and turn to fertility treatments to make it happen. Let’s chart your course together.

Helping Conceive: Transgender

Transgender Couples

As you consider transition, it is important to plan ahead if you’d like to have biological children. If having children before beginning your transition is not possible, you have options that can preserve your fertility. Let’s chart your course together.

Known Genetic Diseases

Known Genetic Diseases

One in six couples will experience a genetic disease or defect that could be passed onto an unborn child. This unique circumstance requires guidance and support. Don’t chart your course alone; we are here to help.

Advanced Maternal Age

Advanced Maternal Age

Are you 35 years old or older and ready to start your family or wish to extend your family? While being 35 years of age or older is considered an advanced maternal age, many other factors can influence your fertility health.