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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What about trying to conceive if I am over 35?

    I'm 35 and have recently met my life long partner. What are my chances of having a baby? We've been trying for 6 months now, should i be concerned?
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  • VARTA is a statutory authority based in Melbourne, Australia, providing independent, accurate information about fertility, infertility and assisted reproductive treatment (ART). View Profile

    If you are over 35 and have been trying to conceive for six months or more, we advise seeing your doctor. Apart from seeking medical advice earlier than is recommended for under-35s, women over 35 should follow the same advice given to everyone – eat healthy foods and take a folic acid supplement.  Not smoking, being a healthy weight and ensuring you get a moderate amount of exercise every week will help. Oh, and knowing when you ovulate so you can have sex at the right time in your cycle will help a lot too!

  • Louise Johnson

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    As Chief Executive Officer for the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority I am involved with administering aspects of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008. With … View Profile

    If you have been trying to conceive for over six months and you are over 35 years of age, it is worth seeking professional help from your GP. The Your Fertility website also has information about ways in which you can optimise the chances of conceiving. There is a fertility ovulation calculator and information about how to adapt your lifestyle to improve your chances of conceiving. 

  • Women's Health Queensland Wide provides free health information for Queensland women. View Profile

    As an adjuct to the excellent replies on this topic you may wish to view our fact sheets on preconception/pregnancy health. Just click below


    Women’s Health Educator
    Health Information Line, Women’s Health Queensland Wide
    Women living in Queensland can also call our Health Information Line - a free information and referral service for Queensland women - on 3839 9988 or 1800 017 676 (toll free outside Brisbane).
    Please note that all health information provided by Women’s Health Queensland Wide is subject to this disclaimer

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