Fertility over 40
Trying to have a healthy baby is hard enough without the added stress of trying to while over the age of 40. Infertility is one of those common yet deeply personal issues that many women still don’t feel comfortable talking about , which may explain why some of us seem a bit confused about how getting older affects our ability to achieve a healthy pregnancy. In most cases if you are in your early 40’s your healthcare provider will advise you to only see a fertility specialist after you have had frequent unprotected sex 3-4 times a week for six months and not gotten pregnant. Some healthcare providers may send you straight to a fertility specialist, especially if you know of reasons why you might have trouble trying to conceive (no ovulation, missed periods, problem with sperm production).
As much as no one wants to hear their odds, you do need to be aware. A 40-year-old woman has a 5 percent chance of conceiving each month. On average, 1 in 3 women over age 40 will get pregnant on their own. Women aged 40-44 who do get pregnant have a 34 percent chance of miscarriage. Still, many women are able to become parents of healthy children after 40. Whether naturally or through fertility treatments, pregnancy after age 40 is possible.
When preparing for pregnancy over 40 take these precautionary steps:
- Eat well
- Exercise regularly
- Focus on these areas
– Improving egg health
– Improving uterine health
– Supporting hormonal balance
– Strengthening pelvic floor muscles
– Supporting cervical mucous production
– Managing stress
– Timing ovulation and sexual intercourse
What about him?
If he is over 40 as well, it is a good idea for him to get testing done to see his sperm count and quality. As men age, so does their sperm.