40 and can't get pregnant

Getting pregnant can be hard at the best of times but when you're over a certain age unfortunately things can get even harder. If you and your partner have delayed having children until you are in your forties you are probably already aware that it's a bit more difficult to conceive but it's far from impossible. Fortunately with the advances in fertility treatments there are plenty of options availble to help you to conceive and start a family. We spoke to Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director at Create Health, to find out all you need to know about getting pregnant after 40 so you can be as prepared as you need. Not to paint a bleak picture but naturally risks are heightened in pregnancies after the age of 40.
If you’re starting to worry that you’ll stick out like a sore-thumb in the antenatal classes don’t worry - more and more people are delaying motherhood - whatever the reason, the result is the same.
But there is no denying that the chances of getting pregnant naturally after the age of 40 significantly drop.

But don’t be disheartened there is a much more positive picture that has only just come into play.The NHS National Guidelines for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines have just had a recent update from their 2004 requirements of IVF only allowing women up to the age of 39 to have the treatment on the NHS. However, in older women and women with low egg reserve (high FSH or low AMH levels), Natural and Mild IVF can be more successful than conventional IVF.This isn’t just reserved for heterosexual couples success rates are higher in single women and lesbian couples with the use of donor sperm. Single women and lesbian couples can try insemination with donor sperm as the first option if their fallopian tubes are open as long as their egg reserve is not too low. Natural IVF offers "drug-free" IVF with natural selection of eggs at a lower cost and with less side-effects and physical burden.
Mild IVF uses fewer drugs (5-9 days only) in a woman's natural cycle with reduced side-effects and cost. Conventional IVF with suppression of ovaries is another option but may not be necessary for women over 40 and in fact may lead to unnecessary use of high stimulation and reduced response and quality of eggs. Speak to your health professional or GP as soon as possible and they will advise you on the best course of action.

A woman’s egg supply is naturally going to decrease as she ages and with the eggs that remain there is a heightened chance of chromosomal problems like Down's Syndrome, birth defects and miscarriage. Natural IVF can help even in situations where women are pre-menopausal or have very low egg reserve and where fertility drugs do not work. As well as this if you smoke, stop smoking and if you drink then reduce your alcohol intake.

Having a first baby at 40
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