Get pregnant It can be difficult even within the most fertile period of life.And when you reach a certain age, unfortunately, things can get even more complicated.
If you and your partnerhave postponed motherhood you probably already aware that it’s a little more difficult to conceive as the years go by, but fortunately, it’s far from impossible.
With advances in fertility treatments there are plenty of options available to help you get pregnant and starting a family.
We spoke with professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of Create Health, to find out everything you need to know about getting pregnant after 40!
What are the risks?
We need to face reality: the risks are much greater inpregnancies after 40 years. But don’t lose your nerve so soon!”If the woman is in good health, health risks to the woman and her baby are lower in the early ‘ 40.” says Geeta.
But there are still things to be taken into account. The available quantity of eggs from a woman will naturally decreasing as it ages, and there is a high chance of chromosomal problems exist with the eggs that remain, such as Down syndrome, birth defects and the risk of spontaneous abortion.
There are also additional problems for the mother as heart disease or high blood pressure that should be initially detected by your doctor before you start trying to get pregnant.
Geeta says that the best thing to do is remain vigilant. “The regular monitoring in a prenatal clinic and good obstetric assistance are needed. The maternal age is associated with increased risk of the baby having Down syndrome. However, the diagnosis of the condition in pregnancy that is made between the 11th and 13th week) is reliable. ”
What are the success rates?
If you are starting to worry whether it’s going to be a stranger in the prenatal courses, don’t fret-more and more people are putting off motherhood-for whatever reason.
But there’s no denying that the chances of getting pregnant naturally after 40 years fall significantly according to OXFORDASTRONOMY.
Some statistics from the Baby Center show: “The 40 years your chance of conceiving after a year since the first attempt is about 40 to 50%, compared with a 30-year-old woman, who has a 75% chance. At the age of 43 years, the odds of a woman getting pregnant naturally falls to 1 or 2%. ”
For this reason, in vitro fertilization is a very popular option. “It is very common that women over 40 seek fertility treatments and after 45 years is very rare that a woman pregnant with their own eggs,” says Geeta. ” The chance of having a baby through IVF cycle in women 40 to 42 years can reach 15%; It’s about 5 to 10% for women between 43 and 44 years. From the 44 years, chances are reduced to 5% or less.
What are the options available to you?
Single women and gay couples can try the insemination with sperm donor as the first option if the fallopian tubes are open and since the reserve of eggs is not too low.
- There are several types of in vitro The natural is a “drug-free” with the natural selection of eggs at a lower cost and with fewer side effects and physical overload.This type of IVF can help, even in situations where women are in pre menopause stage or have very low reserve of eggs; or in which the fertility medications do not work.There are still other types of in vitro fertilization that make use of medicines or egg cultures in the laboratory.
- Artificial inseminationis a good outlet for who has eggs but some quality problems in reproductive apparatus.Fertilization happens inside the woman, since the partner’s sperm are injected into the uterus, in the period of ovulation.
What you can do to increase your fertility
The main thing you can do to help help design is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Geeta says: “it is important to optimize your body weight and BMI. If you smoke, put the cigarettes and if you drink regularly, start to rethink the amount of alcohol ingested. Take folic acid regularly and maintain a healthy diet-if you do this, there is no need for additional supplements. “.
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible and he will advise you on the best course of action to get pregnant.