Trying to Conceive after Age 45
on Mar 07, 2013
by Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Find out the tips and tricks for trying to conceive after 45, as well as the risks involved in getting pregnant at an older age and the treatments available to you.
There are many reasons behind infertility and age is one of them. Age is a factor that affects fertility significantly. As you age, your fertility decreases. Thus it is advised that you try conceiving in your twenties, for the easiest path toward parenthood. However technology has now advanced considerably and there are chances of older women getting pregnant too. Remember that now, pregnancy is not just for those who are in their twenties. No matter what your age may be there are still ways to get pregnant. The chances might be lower but there are chances. Thus, you should not give up hope of pregnancy even if you cross the forty-five years age mark. Listed here are some of the issues you may face while trying to get pregnant after the age of forty-five and a few tips to help you out. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Every woman has a particular number of eggs. Throughout her lifetime the number of these eggs will not increase. The number will decrease though. With every menstrual cycle, an egg is lost. In her twenties, a woman is most fertile and has plenty of normal eggs. As her age progresses the eggs start to deplete. By the age of forty the number is very low. In another few years, the count comes down to a thousand. You might think that this number may be good enough but know that all the eggs are not normal. These are the remaining eggs that your body chose not to use earlier. The body always chooses the best of the lot initially. Thus the eggs that remain are usually abnormal. If such an egg is fertilized, the risks of birth defects are very high. Down syndrome is one such defect. Experts say that from the age of thirty-six on, the chances of a baby being born with this syndrome double every year. Thus you can imagine how high the risk will be after the age of forty-five.
Even after the egg is fertilized it is likely that you won’t breathe with as much ease because there will be a few pregnancy complications such as hypertension and gestational diabetes. The pregnancy may also result in a miscarriage, premature birth, still birth, or underweight babies.
The most difficult part for those who are aged forty-five and above is getting pregnant. It happens in very rare cases naturally. You may need an egg donor if you really want to get pregnant because pregnancy comes rarely at that age. However, know that it is not impossible. You can talk to your doctor about the various options that you have.
It is ideal to get help as soon as possible because the more you delay, the harder pregnancy will get. If you approach a doctor for infertility in your twenties, he won’t really bother unless you have been trying for over a year. If you are in your forties though, he will cater to your needs immediately and discuss your options with you. As aforementioned, technology has surged and made things easier. If you can’t get pregnant naturally you can go for any of the many treatments for fertility such as In Vitro Fertilization in order to get pregnant.
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Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.