The chances of spontaneous conception decline with age, more so from the mid-thirties onwards. It is estimated that women older than 40 only have a 5% chance of conception with every cycle. This is in great contrast to women in late 20s and early 30s, whose chances of conception are 4 to 5 times higher. By the time you hit 45 years, the chances of conception with your own eggs are almost nil. It doesn’t end there, you also have higher chances of suffering a miscarriage. And pregnancy-related complications also occur more commonly.
Many of us have had to contend with an element of bad news at some point. Medical bad news are in a category of their own, and can be a nightmare to contend with. Bad medical news are usually about an unexpected grim diagnosis, a morbid outcome, or the futility of undergoing further treatments.
Going for a whole year without periods is certainly abnormal. In fact, in the absence of pregnancy or use of certain contraceptives, an explanation should always be sought if periods disappear for a period of 3 to 6 months.
Women should plan pregnancies when chances of conception are highest, they are in good health, and are more likely to deliver a healthy baby. The optimal biological decade for conception is between 25 to 35 years.