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Can Any Woman Over 40 Get Pregnant?

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, April 07, 2018 | 0 comments

Image: Pregnant woman, still waiting, by Valeer Vandenbosch on freeimages
Photo credit: Pregnant woman, still waiting, by Valeer Vandenbosch
Many women can and do get pregnant over 40. Some women retain their fertility right up into menopause. Some women have no trouble getting pregnant without any help, no matter their age. Some women just need a bit of fine-tuning to enable them to carry a pregnancy successfully.

Some women do find it harder to get pregnant because fertility can decline with age. They may need more time, or some vitamin, herbal or hormonal help. Many women will go on to conceive without help, given enough time.

But sadly, the answer is no, not every woman will get pregnant without medical help in her 40s. There are many reasons why pregnancy might not be possible without medical assistance. If you are older than 40 and haven't gotten pregnant after trying for six months, fertility experts says you should see your health care provider. To determine whether you face any particular health risks and whether there is anything you can do medically to improve your chances.

In many cases, there are medical options that could help. Medical help such as fertility meds, IUI, IVF, donor egg, donor sperm, donor embryo. However, these can be expensive options, filled with pros and cons, and often heartache along the way.

If you do find that carrying a pregnancy is simply not possible for you, there is surrogacy or adoption - foster, domestic or international. These too, can be expensive options, filled with pros and cons, and often heartache along the way.

No matter how a child comes into your life, it is a miracle, and should be rejoiced! Yet not everyone is willing or able to go these routes - for financial, age, health, lifestyle or other personal reasons. I guess the bottom line is - how will you feel if you don't end up with a child? For some that is an acceptable risk, for others they are willing to do what it may take to bring a child into their lives.

However, there ARE things you can do to make yourself healthier. Herbs, vitamins, diet, bio-identical hormones, TCM, alternative therapies, lifestyle changes. Which may help your body work better, which may improve your fertility. Yes, even if you are going the medical route in your attempt to get pregnant.

No, getting pregnant isn't always easy. Very few couples conceive on the first try. In fact, even if everything is absolutely in perfect working order, and you were 20 years old, you would only have a 20-25% chance of conception each month.

Are these things guaranteed to get you pregnant? No, but a healthy body has a better chance. Your body works better, your reproductive organs can function properly and your chances of having a successful pregnancy increases.

I hope that you are able to find a way to make your dreams come true!

Image: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!, by Ivy Shih Leung. Publisher: Abbott Press (November 15, 2011)One Mom's Journey to Motherhood: Infertility, Childbirth Complications, and Postpartum Depression, Oh My!
by Ivy Shih Leung

-- Author Ivy Shih Leung shares her not-so-perfect road to motherhood in this book that is part memoir and part self-help guide, reflecting lessons learned in the form of helpful tips and information to empower readers on the biological and sociological roots behind postpartum depression (PPD).

She also seeks to raise awareness of the myths of motherhood and the stigma of PPD that contribute to the silent suffering of many mothers, as well as the importance of adequate social support in the early postpartum weeks.

A culmination of Ivy's frightening PPD journey and her emergence from it with a passion to learn more about perinatal mood disorders, this book is fueled with passion to help other women and their families, anger from the unnecessary suffering Ivy went through from the lack of information available to the public about PPD, her doctors' ignorance and lack of sensitivity, and public remarks like, There is no such thing as a chemical imbalance.

All of which shows there's still a long way to go in terms of educating the public about an illness that is suffered by one in eight new mothers.

Image: Buy Now on Amazon.comPaperback: 428 pages
Click to order/for more info: One Mom's Journey to Motherhood

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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