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By Robin von Halle

It’s a fact, as USA Today recently reported: more women are waiting to start families. And it’s also a fact that the longer a woman waits, the harder it becomes to get pregnant.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that in today’s world, alternative methods to procreation like egg donation and surrogacy make starting a family a lot easier, whatever your age.

Most women who come to Alternative Reproductive Resources for help are between 30 and 50 years old.

Typically, however, age is not the reason women come to us for surrogacy services. Most are in their 30s and suffer from medical issues, such as cancer, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome or unexplained fertility issues. Those who seek our egg donation services tend to be in their 40s, when eggs become less viable and help may be needed in order to get pregnant.

Trying to have a baby today is much different then 30 years ago. Our mothers were all married in their 20s and started having children soon thereafter. Today, many 20-somethings don’t even think about having children. They are focusing on their education and careers and want to make sure they are financially stable before creating a family.

Count your blessings, whether you wait or not to start trying, that your options today are so abundant!

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About Us

Conception Connections is a blog about alternative paths to family creation. It is maintained by Alternative Reproductive Resources. Contributors include intended parents, egg donors and gestational surrogates in addition to ARR staff. Our goal is to facilitate conversations about trends, issues, current events, technology and personal stories surrounding infertility, egg donation and gestational surrogacy. If you'd like to contribute, please e-mail We also welcome your comments and suggestions. Note: Comments are moderated and posted on approval.


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