It showed that, compared to women aged , the chance of conceiving was: Women, age and fertility Dr Melanie McDowell explains what happens to eggs also known as oocytes as women age. Men, age and fertility Professor John Aitken explains how men's age affects fertility and why the combination of both partners' ages determines the likelihood of pregnancy. Pregnancy and birth risks Because of the changes that happen in eggs and sperm as we age, including damage to genetic material, children of older parents have a slightly higher risk of birth defects and genetic abnormalities. The risks of miscarriage and complications in pregnancy and childbirth are higher for older women than for younger women. Important conversations If you want to have a baby now or sometime in the future , understanding how age affects your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby is really important.
By Joanne Herman For those who are not transsexual, the answer is generally yes. But for those in the part of the transgender population who feel the need to bring their anatomy in line with their deeply held belief of being the opposite gender, this is a challenging question that's increasingly important. Heightened awareness to and sensitivity toward all transgender people is resulting in younger and younger gender transitions. And the desire of younger transsexual people to become parents can be just as strong as for those who are not transsexual.