Statistics for Getting Pregnant When You're Over 40

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Statistics on getting pregnant when you are over 40 years of age can be pretty dismal. The U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention (CDC) collects assisted reproductive technology (ART) success rates from some fertility clinics. The CDC released a report in 2006 on the success rates of ART. What they found out was that the majority of ART treatments that led to a live birth were not successful.

In fact, 39 percent of women under the age of 35 gave birth. As the women in the CDC report grew older, the success rate drop considerably. For example, women aged 35-37 had a 30 percent success rate, women aged 37-59 had a 21 percent success rate and women aged 41-42 had an 11 percent success rate.

This being said, should you decide to go through with ART, the most common form of it is in vitro fertilization (IVF). This procedure mean fertilization takes place outside the body, according to the Office on Women's Health. Statistically speaking, this is the most effective form of ART.

IVF is most often used when there is some sort of block in the fallopian tubes or when the man produces low levels of sperm. The doctor will have the woman take fertility drugs that cause the woman to ovulate and produce a number of eggs. After a certain period of time, the eggs will be removed from the woman's body and placed in a dish in a lab with the man's sperm. The idea behind this is that fertilization will take place in the dish and after about 3 to 5 days, viable embryos are placed into the woman's uterus.

Medical technology has helped many women and couple conceive when it seemed as if a pregnancy was not in their future. However, ART procedures can be time consuming and expensive. These factors aside, the most common complication of ART is multiple fetuses. This can cause serious complications for the woman.

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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