Help with Infertility - Get Pregnant After 40

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For many couples, getting pregnant is just a matter of not using contraception. For many others, especially if the woman is over 40 years of age, getting pregnant may seem like an unattainable goal. If you are in this latter category, the emotional, physical, and even financial burdens can take its toll on your overall health as well as your partner's. Getting pregnant is something many couples desire and if it has taken you more than 6 months of trying to conceive without success and you are over the age of 35, you may want to seek medical assistance. If you under the age of 35, most medical professionals cite that you should try for at least 12 months before seeking medical assistance.

Being deemed infertile can be devastating but it does not mean you cannot have children. Let's be clear on this because for many couples, infertility automatically means you cannot have children. This is false. There are many options to treat your infertility and these treatments have been used to help countless couples get pregnant. One the most popular forms of fertility treatments is the use of fertility drugs. Drugs such as Clomid have been prescribed for decades with great success due to its ease of use (it is taken orally), it does not usually cause severe side effects, and it does not need daily monitoring. If Clomid does not work, your doctor may prescribe hormone shots to stimulate ovulation. Obviously, taking shots is a bit more invasive but as long as it stimulates ovulation, it is doing its job.

Fertility drugs may not work for everyone and if you find yourself in this situation, your doctor may suggest the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) methods. Many people have heard of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and this is this the most popular form of ART. IVF just means fertilization outside of the body. The ovaries will be stimulated to produce eggs, the eggs will then be removed from the woman's body, put into a dish along with the man's sperm where they will fertilize the eggs. The fertilized eggs, or embryos, will then be placed back into the woman's uterus.

There are other forms of ART methods such as zygote intrafallopian transfer (ZIFT), gamete intrafallopian transfer (GIFT), and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) that can be implemented if fertility drugs and IVF prove to not be successful. With all of these options available, the success rate of ART methods is encouraging. In fact, according to a 2006 CDC report, the average percentage of ART cycles using fresh non-donor eggs that led to a healthy baby were 40.9 percent in women aged 25, 39.5 percent in women aged 30, 33.4 percent in women aged 35, and 15.4 percent in women aged 40.

Despite these numbers, it is prudent to prepare for a physically and emotionally draining period in your life. It may be a good idea to even set limits on what you and your partner are willing to go through before seeking medical help. Prepare yourselves for the physical burden as well as the emotional burden that fertility treatments entail, as you may not get pregnant right away.
Getting pregnant is possible and many women have successfully brought a baby into this world. Keep an open mind and keep yourself as healthy as possible. To learn more about curing infertility in women, please take a moment to read this article and please visit for more information. Good luck and don't lose hope.

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