Women are frequently asking
What are the chances of getting pregnant after 40?
How can I increase my fertility after 40?
What is the average age a woman becomes infertile?
Can I get pregnant at age 41?
Today age is just a number. More women as they approach 40 are finding options for fertility and experiencing pregnancy. As you prepare for your future, being aware of your body timeline, egg freezing, donor eggs and available fertility treatments can mean the difference in great pregnancy outcomes. Assessing realistic expectations is best done with accurate information and a thorough fertility evaluation.
Can you get pregnant after 40?
Many women don’t realize that fertility begins to decline starting at 35. The average age for menopause is around 51 but most women become unable to have a successful pregnancy in their mid-40’s. Whether preparing to freeze your eggs in your 20’s and 30’s or deciding in your 40’s to consider donor eggs, both could serve to provide a path for your future family.
According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), these statistics are true for women attempting a natural pregnancy as well as conception using fertility treatments such as IVF. This is due to both the declining quantity and quality of their eggs known based on their ovarian reserve.
Knowing these facts makes it even more important that you prepare for a pregnancy or a delayed pregnancy by taking certain steps to develop your fertility roadmap for the future.
Read more about ovarian reserve testing, egg freezing and diminishing ovarian reserve.
What is Early Onset Menopause?
Women can experience early menopause or often called premature menopause in their 30s and early 40’s with symptoms being similar to those in the average menopause age group.
- Ovaries produce less estrogen
- Eggs are not released regularly
- Irregular menstrual cycles occur
- Hot flashes can develop
Is Menopause Treatment Possible?
Menopause can be filled with frustrating symptoms. It doesn’t have to end here. Our endocrine specialists can help you manage menopause symptoms with treatments like these:
- Hormone therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Yoga and meditation
If you are going through menopause, have a depleted ovarian supply and still want to extend your family, egg donors may be an alternative.
How Does Using an Egg Donor Work?
Women using an egg donor must go through an egg donor agency or have a known donor in mind.
All egg donors:
- Provide complete medical and obstetrical history
- Have hormone evaluation
- Be cleared of all infectious diseases
- Undergo psychological screening
- Be a good candidate for egg donation
The donor egg cycle involves having the donor complete the IVF cycle to the point of egg (oocyte) retrieval while the patient (recipient) undergoes uterine preparation as she would during a frozen embryo transfer. Her partner’s sperm, or donor sperm if needed, are combined with eggs in the lab and the embryo is formed. If necessary the sperm can be injected into the egg using intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
This allows the recipient of the embryos a chance to carry a fertilized embryo to term and enjoy the birth of her baby.
Schedule your call today to learn more about your fertility options with advancing age.