Is Gemma Collins’ doctor right to tell her there is ‘no rush’ to have children at 37?

Reality television star Gemma Collins’ hope of having children has been restored after she was told by her doctor that her fertility has been restored

The Only Way Is Essex star and her boyfriend, James Argent appeared on ITV’s This Morning to discuss the ups and downs of their relationship.

The 37-year-old told presenters Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield that she had sought a second opinion and to her surprise was told that her follicles had started to grow again.

She said: “Recently I’ve got a second opinion, my follicles have started growing again which is amazing. I burst into tears. The doctor said there’s no pressure, no rush to have kids.”

But is her doctor right? At 37 is there no rush to have children? Women are constantly being told that their fertility declines once they reach 35. We want to know if we can all just relax and wait for nature to take its course, or if we have to be pro-active in our approach to our fertility.

With more and more women leaving it later to have a family, IVF babble asked Professor Tim Child, medical director at Oxford Fertility, his thoughts on the best time to have children.

He said: “A woman’s fertility declines from her mid-30s, though this is more down to genetic quality of her eggs, rather than the egg numbers being low. However, sometimes a woman’s egg count (known as ‘ovarian reserve’) does reduce faster than expected in which case fertility can be affected by both factors, egg number and genetic quality.

“It’s probably not true that there should be a ‘rush to have a child at 37’ though it is important to be aware of the natural reduction in female fertility from a woman’s mid-30s. Certainly it’s not a good idea to plan to leave trying to conceive until the late 30s or early 40s if there is the option of conceiving before. Whilst many women in their late 30s or early 40s do not have a problem conceiving, many do and treatment success may be limited.

“Ovarian reserve can be checked fairly easily with an AMH blood test, or with a fertility pelvic ultrasound scan counting the follicles. If tests suggest a low number of eggs then it is worth considering how long to delay trying for a pregnancy for, perhaps by consulting with a fertility specialist.”

Did you wait until your late 30s or 40s to have children? Were you successful in your quest to have children later in life? Let us know your story, email mystory@ivfbabble.com

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