Age and Fertility: Getting Pregnant After 40

Age and Fertility: Getting Pregnant After 40

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For most women, it is extremely challenging to become pregnant after they turn 40. However, it is still a possibility. In fact, there are actually treatments available for those women who are struggling significantly with this problem. Here are some things you should know about becoming pregnant after this age. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here


One of the reasons it is so hard to become pregnant after 40 is because of the health of a woman’s eggs. As we age, our eggs become more and more unhealthy, which could make it extremely hard to conceive. There are also not as many eggs available at 40 as there were when we were younger.

In addition to this problem, many women over the age of 40 have health conditions that could make it harder for them to conceive. For example, if you have diabetes, or fertility conditions like endometriosis or PCOS, it could be difficult for you to conceive.



Luckily, there are some things you can do to improve your chances. For starters, live a healthy lifestyle. The best way to make sure your reproductive system is as healthy as possible is by making sure the rest of your body is healthy. So, make sure the diet you are eating is a healthy one and that you are exercising regularly. You should also make sure you are drinking plenty of water and avoiding things like cigarettes and alcohol.

If you have medical conditions that are holding you back, make sure you are treating them appropriately. Diabetes should be controlled and you should inform your doctor about your plans to conceive. Taking supplements and alternate medication may be necessary to help you become pregnant.

Fertility Treatments

For those women who are not able to conceive naturally, there are still options to consider. For example, a woman may need to consider treatments like in-vitro fertilization to help her conceive. The great thing about this type of treatment is that you can actually use donor eggs and sperm to become pregnant. This will eliminate the problem of having unhealthy eggs.

If you are wanting to go a more natural route, you may want to try artificial insemination. This occurs when sperm is introduced into the woman’s uterus when she is ovulating. This allows you to use your partner’s sperm and your own eggs. But, if your partner is struggling with unhealthy sperm, it is also possible to use donor sperm.

There are many options out there for women who are trying to become pregnant after the age of 40. The best thing you can do is to talk to your doctor in order to determine the best course of action.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
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.