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Getting Pregnant After 45

on Sep 29, 2012

by Alyssia Granger

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Getting Pregnant After 45

Age is one of the most common causes of infertility. As you age, your chances of getting pregnant any given month diminish. Find out more about getting pregnant after 45.

Pregnancy is no longer just for the 20 somethings. With the advances that have been made in technology over the past years, women of all ages are having the chance to become moms and start a family, even when they thought they were beyond the age of being able to conceive. Celebrities all over are touting their ability or at the very least desire to get pregnant well into their 40s. The Countess Luann, from TV’s popular reality show Housewives of New York, recently stated her desire to get pregnant at 47. Today, we are going to discuss some of the issues with getting pregnant after 45, and also touch on some tips if this is something you are going to try to do. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Your egg count

A woman is born with a certain number of eggs. This number never increases. Pretty much, when they’re gone, they’re gone. Women are most fertile in their 20′s, and as age increases, the number of eggs remaining gets lower and lower. By the time a woman reaches age 40, most of their eggs are gone. By age 50, the average woman only has around 1000 eggs left, and most are abnormal, since the body uses the best eggs first. This is the reason why it is so much harder for a woman to get pregnant after age 40. The eggs that are left in a woman’s body after age 45 are, obviously, 45 years old at least. The older the eggs are, the higher the risk for genetic problems and birth defects such as Down syndrome. In fact, after a woman reaches 36 years of age, her risk of having a baby with Down syndrome doubles each year.

Pregnancy complications

Older mothers are often more likely to have pregnancy complications, such as gestational diabetes and hypertension. They are also at a higher risk for premature births, low birth weight babies, and miscarriages. As you can see, there are a lot of risks that go along with getting pregnant after 45. The hardest thing though, will probably be the actual getting pregnant part. It is very, very difficult for a woman over 45 to get pregnant naturally, since there just aren’t a lot of eggs left to go around. Without using donor eggs, getting pregnant over 45 is not impossible, but it certainly is rare. If you want to get pregnant after age 45, the most important and first step needs to be speaking with a doctor to find out the best options for your personal case.

Seek out help early

Whether you decide to adopt an all-natural supplement approach or a doctor-prescribed treatment course, be sure to seek out assistance early. While in your 20s and 30s, an infertility specialist won’t even see you until you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 12 months, once you are in your 40s, you will want to start a course of treatment immediately.

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Alyssia is mom to 2 giggley twin girls, Sophia and Emma, and son Hunter. She's a Southern girl, passionate about photography, travel and her husband Josh.

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  • wannabeamom

    Hi, I have been on depo for nearly 5 years while on depo I only had a period a few times. My husband suffers from asthma and nasal polyps therefore has to take steroids, he has been taking steriods for about 20 years due to his asthma. We have been trying to conceive for 6 months, I’m not to worried yet. However, I would greatly appreciate any insight oh how long she would try before getting worried about not conceiving or if its even possible.

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Getting pregnant after Depo-Provera will take longer than expected because its effects can linger in the body for up to 8 months, and may take a year or two for your body to return to its normal cycles, depending on how fast your body adjusts. Until then, chances of pregnancy will be limited, though not impossible. In order to increase your likelihood of getting pregnant, it will require you to track your cycles to help pinpoint your ovulation days in order for you to time intercourse on fertile days, which is a limited window when one is post Depo. Steroids, such as prednisone and cortisone, which are used to treat asthma, have been know to impact male fertility. Your husband will need to talk to his physician about his prescription medications that may need to be discontinued or changed in order to improve his fertility. It is important for you and your husband to have good fertility health in order to conceive, and it will require your doctor’s assistance to help solve fertility issues. Once the underlying issues that impedes conception are addressed, your chances of pregnancy will increase.

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  • SamLJones

    i have bern trying but I have a very irregular period should I go on birth control toooooooooooooo make it regular or fertility pills im 22

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  • Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

    The first thing to do is schedule a visit to a gynecologist, you have to determine the
    reason why you have irregular periods. Through blood
    work, your doctor will see whether you are ovulating or not. For the meantime, you can do some tips that are helpful to regulate your periods. This includes planning a healthy diet, some doctors recommend foods high in plant proteins like peanuts, cheese, boiled eggs, hummus and dark chocolate. Doing routine exercise are also helpful to maintain your body in shape. There are nutritional supplements and vitamins available in the market that can help to treat irregular menstruation.ConceiveEasy is specifically designed to stimulate ovulation by regulating hormones and normalizing your menstrual cycle. 

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  • P-williams19

    I am 43 years old and 18 weeks pregnant. I fell pregnant naturally after 2 months of trying, although my fsh in the month I conceived was really high (19.5). I put it down to good diet, vitamins, no caffeine and accupuncture. Anyway, I will deliver this baby on my 44th birthday. I am already desperate for a second. How soon after giving birth could I try to conceive? Is it possible that I could have a second miracle baby?

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  • Corajabile

    Hi,
    I am 43 years and trying to have 2nd baby. I had my 1st baby when i was 35. I had tried but it did not work. I have a problem with hypothyroidism and my husband is a end stage kidney patient on dialysis. Is there any chance we can still have a 2nd baby?

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    You may start planning ahead by getting a great doctor to discuss with you first the risks of getting pregnant at this age. Just to set your expectation fertility for women at the age of 40 and above is very low. However as long as you are still ovulating, you can still get pregnant. We understand you wanting a second baby and at this point in time never lose hope since there are a lot of mothers out there who conceived by the age of 40 plus. Good luck!

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  • Dr. Renee Hanton, MD

    As soon as you have given birth and are still menstruating, you can still conceive a child, yet with lesser chances. Since you’re already 45, I do recommend you to use fertility treatments such as pills in order for you to conceive soon.

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  • babywanted

    i want to I’m 48 and come on my period every 29 days. my ex husband and i tried for years. we have 1 child together. now iam with my new hubby who has no children. i still ovulate i think…. i would love to have a child but i don’t know if we can

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  • Dr. Christine Lee, MD

    Knowing that you are already 48 years old; getting pregnant can be quite challenging
    for you, given that you’re age is already prone to infertility issues and complications. With your doctor’s prescriptions, I do recommend that you take 50 mg of Clomid for 5 days particularly through days 7 to days 11 of your cycle. Clomid can increase your likelihood of getting pregnant in such a way that it stimulates the production of your estrogen, and induces your body to ovulate.

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  • Linda

    Hi, I am 45 and have 2 children who were born c section and both over 4.5 kilos. I would like to have another child . What do you think.

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  • Biscotti

    I am 47′ my period which used to be very regular now comes once every 5months or there about. I wish I could have a baby what are my chances

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  • ajsk8mom

    I am 47 and trying to get pregnant again. I tried clomid and miscarried twice. I was told that I could not take any more clomid that my chance of getting pregnant were slim to none. I heard about DHEA and was pondering trying it. What do you think? Is it worth a try?

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  • Dawn

    I am 46 years old and desire to have another baby. What can I do to increase my chances?

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  • cute with child

    Hi , I am 45 and would like to get pregnant. I have tried several times but was not consistent enough for it to happen. Is there any particular way in which my love making can make a difference in the process? Or maybe because I had an history of anaemia?

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  • Guest

    Trying to get pregnant in your 40′s can be tough. It would be best if you work closely with a fertility specialist to ensure a healthy and safe pregnancy. In the meantime, you may try having sex every other day to make sure your ovulation days are covered to increase your chances of conceiving.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Trying to get pregnant in your 40′s can be tough. It would be best if you work closely with a fertility specialist, to ensure a healthy ans safe pregnancy. In the meantime you may try having sex every other day to make sure your ovulation days are covered to increase your chances of conceiving.

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  • cute with child

    Thanks for that bit of advice Monica, It sure made a difference to me.

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  • Wendy

    Hello, I have one child and I have always wanted a second. I am now 45 and want to conceive is it possible? I tried the ovulation prediction test and had sex around the time it stated I was in my ovulation period. I missed my period and took a pregnancy test but it was negative. What should I do? I am in need of some advise.

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  • Kasa67

    Hi, I am 46 and trying to conceive with my new husband. I have been to a fertility clinic and they made feel like I was wasting my time. They didn’t provide me with answers or support me in any way. Are there some natural things I can do to try and increase my chances of getting pregnant?

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  • scaredli

    im 47 missed my period the entire month of april which im always regular…almost always but maybe a week late not a month.never had kids am in a committed relationship but at my age and circumstances I really don’t want a baby. what could cause this? taken 3 pregnancy tests all negative. my mom passed away so I have no idea when her changes occurred. Any advise

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  • MacyMichelle

    I menstruate regularly without any discomfort for 3 to 5 days per cycle. I never gotten pregnant or gave birth nor used any type of contraceptives and would want to know if I can bear a child naturally at age 44 for the first time?

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  • Ronnie

    Hi, I’m 48 and still ovulating. My periods are regular. My boyfriend is 27. Can I still get pregnant?

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  • Macifica

    Menopause?

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  • JB

    My sis was trying for 2 yrs– gave up at 43 yrs old. Suddenly got pregnant!! Happy healthy baby girl !! My sis is now 44– my BFF also tried for YEARS– then she GAVE UP!! Pregnant 2 months later, ONE WEEK after my sis!! Happy healthy baby girl now!! My BFF is shy of 46!! Both 1st time mommies– both “gave up” — only down side– BOTH had Gestational diabetes, both C sections– kids born TWO DAYS apart!! 2 Dr’s told me in my late teens I would never have children. I gave up. Got pregnant at 26 — my daughter is now 18 & amazing !! So GIVE UP & stop concentrating so hard– IMHO it’s all up to God. The more you “concentrate, the more unlikely– just my opinion– btw– neither my sis, BFF or myself used ANY fertility drugs, invertro, etc– it CAN happen as long as you still get your period!!

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  • yearning mom

    I am 43 and on chlomid
    I have a discharge while and liquidity no smell no itching
    Can this be the problem of why I can’t get pregnant

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  • inloveonceagain

    I have seen a specialist who told me I need reconstructive surgery as my uterus has dropped. My cycles are still coming regularly after a bit of abnormal cycles this past 6 mo(missed Feb, then had cycle in March, April-2 weeks in between, then all of May-took a shot to stop it). Had a normal cycle in July after taking Progesterone and feel healthy now. Am I still able to conceive and would I be able to carry a baby if I need reconstructive surgery? I became sexually active in Jan after 7 1/2 years of abstinance. I still would like to have a baby now even though my children are grown. Am I crazy?

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  • DanaM7

    In fact, after a woman reaches 36 years of age, her risk of having a baby with Down syndrome doubles each year.

    Who is this author and is she a qualified medical doctor? Because my doctor who actually went to medical school says that getting pregnant in your late 30s and having a healthy baby today is much greater and that the reason the DS statistics are so skewed is because people were not getting pregnant later in life as they are now. my DOCTOR also stated that the actual risk of having a baby with DS is the same in your 20s as it is in your 30s. So sick of these pot shot authors spewing medical advice without any qualification or reference to back their statements up. Be a real author and do some research!

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  • candy

    I am 45 years old and 8 years ago I had a daughter born through a cecerian. I have not had a mental cycle since then but now I am wanting to have another child. What can I do?

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  • Naome

    am 45 years, i have regular period of 25 days. am trying to get pregnant. what can i do? please help. AAA

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