Dr. Adamson shares what women can do now to ensure they will be able to get pregnant in the future.
Dr. David Adamson:
That’s a really good question because many, many women say I know I want to have children but just not yet. What types of things should I be doing? And there are actually some pretty good answers to that and some things that every woman can do to help protect their fertility and their chance to have a healthy baby in the future.
These include obviously having a good healthy diet, not weighing too much or too little, having appropriate amount of exercise one to two hours a week of good aerobic exercise.
It’s important not to smoke, not to drink too much, to practice safe sex and certainly it’s also very important not to wait too long because fertility goes down with age and so it’s very important for the woman and her partner to discuss whether or not they want to have children and if they do, at what point in their life, and just to remember that there’s never really a perfect time to have a baby.
So it’s important to put the baby into the planning and generally speaking, and this is a biologic not a socioeconomic or political comment, the female body is best prepared for pregnancy and has the best chances between the ages of about 25 to age 35 with still pretty good chances up to age 40. But after that the chance for pregnancy really does start to go down, even though many women can get pregnant in their early 40s the rate of infertility is much, much higher.
About Dr. David Adamson M.D., F.R.C.S.C., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S.:
Dr. David Adamson is a Board Certified specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is Director of Fertility Physicians of Northern California and the Fertility and Reproductive Health Institute, a Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and Associate Clinical Professor at U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine. Dr. Adamson received his M.D. degree from the University of Toronto in Canada, and his reproductive endocrinology fellowship training at Stanford University. Dr. Adamson has published extensively and is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on IVF, reproductive surgery and endometriosis. Dr. Adamson is President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and a charter member of the Society of Reproductive Endocrinologists and the Society of Reproductive Surgeons.