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Conception at 38

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user1490696463 Wed 29-Mar-17 13:24:41

Hi, can anyone at this age share how long it took them to conceive?

It has been 10 years since I was last pregnant and I not sure if it will take me longer this time around.

fusspot66 Wed 29-Mar-17 13:25:48

3 months at 39, 1 month at 43.

user1471496670 Wed 29-Mar-17 13:27:27

I'm 38 (almost 39) and on my 6th cycle ttc #1 and starting to feel really anxious about it so will be interested in the replies smile

HeadDreamer Wed 29-Mar-17 13:31:05

Nearly 2 years, but with two losses. But I got pregnant within 1-2 months at 35. It does feel my fertility went off a cliff in my late 30s.

Salmonpinkcords Wed 29-Mar-17 13:36:17

First month but resulted in miscarriage. Conceived again in first month after miscarriage.
I conceived first month with both my children in early thirties so no noticeable difference.

fusspot66 Wed 29-Mar-17 14:10:26

I didn't intend to be all smug first post but as you can see, there's no way of knowing till you try.

NaturWilde Wed 29-Mar-17 14:26:36

First month at 38. Did 3 months of vitamins, Inositol, and cycle tracking beforehand:-)

stuckinny Wed 29-Mar-17 14:27:48

It's been 10 years between pregnancies for me too. It took about 4 months this time.

lisara79 Wed 29-Mar-17 14:50:34

Thanks for posting this... I'm 37 (very nearly 38) and ttc #1... we haven't been trying that long but my age does worry me.

Cuppaqueen Wed 29-Mar-17 15:05:34

I'm also 37 and was astonished to get pregnant within 2 months - first time TTC. Currently 37+1 weeks pregnant! So it can happen sooner than you think - like a pp said, everyone is different.

farfarawayfromhome Wed 29-Mar-17 15:11:38

First month, in fact 11days after my could was removed!

farfarawayfromhome Wed 29-Mar-17 15:11:52


danTDM Wed 29-Mar-17 15:18:05

Pregnant within a month at 37. Menopause finished by 44 (started at 42)

Tortycat Wed 29-Mar-17 15:22:21

3 months at 38 (though 2 previous m/c so 1 year ttc overall). Then pregnant without having had a period when dc was 10 months (I was 39 - sadly another m/c). Then 3 months for dc2 at 40. In my experience staying pregnant was harder than getting pregnant

angelinheaven Wed 29-Mar-17 16:38:54

3 months at 38 nearly 39 , but no different than when I was in my twenties

NennyNooNoo Wed 29-Mar-17 16:49:55

15 months at 30, 12 months at 33, 2 or 3 months at 36, and 1 month at 40. I got more fertile as I got older! Or more accurately, I got better at monitoring my cycles. Also, my cycles became shorter and more regular as I got older.

TurquoiseDress Wed 29-Mar-17 20:11:31


I'm 38- will be 39 over the summer- and we have been trying since July last year since my MMC with baby no.2
No hint of pregnancy since then.

Fell pregnant almost exactly 1 year ago at the age of 37- this was straight after stopping the pill, CD14 after withdrawal bleed, we had sex the ONE time that month.

Previously, fell pregnant aged 34- exactly same scenario, stopped the pill, had withdrawal bleed then ONE episode of unprotected sex & BFP when I tested many many weeks later thinking my was period just messed up after taking the combined pill for 15 years!

That resulted in our happy & healthy 3 year old.

I have to admit I'm losing hope at the moment.
Never had so much unprotected sex in my whole life and still not bloody pregnant!!

I think it's payback for 2 easy conceptions which involved almost no trying at all sad

So, overall, I'm a 38 year old with no previous fertility problems whatsoever, now on cycle 9 of trying for baby no.2- and losing the will & hope!

Good luck OP

lisara79 Wed 29-Mar-17 21:15:28

Dont loose hope turquoise... have you spoken to a doctor? They suggest after 6 months of trying when you're over 35... prob no access to much treatment but could have diagnostic tests maybe... I have friends with no fertility problems who took over a year to conceive in their twenties... sometimes it just takes longer x

TurquoiseDress Thu 30-Mar-17 00:05:06

Yes I went to see my GP after about 5 months and had thyroid checked, and FSH was normal (think around 6.8 or something).

Went back a few weeks ago & going to have day 21 progesterone checked soon.

OH is going to do a sperm sample (when he gets round to making an appointment!)

In a way though, there's not much that could be done apart from investigations etc.

If we needed any sort of intervention, e.g. IVF we most certainly wouldn't be able to afford it

TurquoiseDress Thu 30-Mar-17 00:09:09

I feel a bit of a fraud for complaining about it taking more than 6 months!

It's 'normal' to take up to 12 months and I've got friends/colleagues who took a year or two to conceive even before they'd hit early thirties.

I think I'm just impatient!
And everything around me seems to remind of the loss last summer- friends & acquaintances who have given birth this month, they were conceiving their pregnancies while I was finding out mine had all gone wrong.

It just feels so unfair (feeling sorry for myself)

bigcakes Thu 30-Mar-17 09:06:50

I've been trying for 3 months so far for my second and I'm 36. Took me three months to conceive my son when I was 30. I think it can be so difficult to try and predict what will happen and very easy to fall into obsessing and getting stressed with it. I'm trying to avoid the latter!

FlipKat Thu 30-Mar-17 09:13:16

Thanks for posting this thread! It's great to hear stories of people in late 30s and early 40s conceiving pretty quickly - congratulations :-)

I'm TTC#1 at 38, DP is 48. I'm only cycle 2 off the pill but finding it hard not to get anxious. I've been really worried it's not going to happen for me.

floatingfrog Thu 30-Mar-17 09:18:31

6 months.

BipBippadotta Thu 30-Mar-17 09:39:16

Started trying at 34; it's taken me 6 years, 5 miscarriages, a stillbirth and a fuck ton of fertility treatment.

Chattycat78 Thu 30-Mar-17 14:32:38

1 year and ivf for ds1- age 35.

1 month and no ivf for ds2- age 36hmm. Go figure. There is no logic and lots of luck involved, although yes, "technically" as you get older it should be harder and take longer as your eggs aren't as good.

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