Frequently asked questions about conception and pregnancy

Written by: Dra. Marta Sánchez-Dehesa Rincón
Edited by: Top Doctors®


To what extent has the age at which couples wanted to have children in recent years have been delayed?

It is becoming more common for women over 40 years of age to come to our appointments who, because of work or personal matters, have delayed their desire to be mothers.


What is the mean today for men and women?

Currently the average age in Spain is at 32.6 years. To establish a significant comparison, in 1980 it was 28.2 years.

How does age influence when you want to be a parent?

In the case of women, the quality of the eggs falls considerably from the age of 35, so the chances of getting pregnant are reduced and the possibility of miscarriage increases. In men there is a decrease in quantity and quality in the semen.

What other factors currently prevent conception that are not related to diseases?

Nowadays obesity, caused by the sedentarism or the bad eating habits is an increasingly frequent factor and that the pregnancy rate decreases. Also other factors like the continued consumption of alcohol, drugs and tobacco. All these factors diminish the possibility that an embryo is in the uterus.


With regard to pathologies, what are the most frequent pathologies associated with problems to conceive?

When talking about the causes that influence a fertility problem, 40 percent are female, 40 percent male and 20 percent mixed.

In women the most common causes are age, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, fibroids or repeat abortions.

In the case of men the low quality of the sperm can be determined by infections in the past and hormonal disorders, among many others.

For more information, consult a specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics .

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dra. Marta Sánchez-Dehesa Rincón
Fertility Specialty

Dr. Sánchez-Dehesa is a prestigious specialist in Gynecology and Obstetrics, and one of the country's leading experts in Assisted Reproduction. Graduated in Medicine from the Complutense University, she specialized in Gynecology at the Hospital Clínico Universitario Lozano Blesa in Zaragoza. Researcher and author of numerous articles for journals in the specialty, in 2010 launched the Instituto Médico Integral de Toledo (IMI), integrating this in the group HM Hospitales in July 2014.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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