13.07.2014

What r the chances of getting pregnant at 42

Getting pregnant can be hard at the best of times but when you're over a certain age unfortunately things can get even harder. 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. There are also additional problems for the mother like heart disease or high blood pressure that should be initially checked by your GP before you start to try to conceive.
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.


Statistics from Baby Centre show: “At 40 your chance of conceiving within a year of beginning to try is about 40 to 50 percent, compared to a woman in her mid-30s, who has a 75 percent chance. 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. Speak to your health professional or GP as soon as possible and they will advise you on the best course of action.
In fact the Guardian reported that the number of births to over 40s has increased by 15% in the past five years alone. 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.


As well as this if you smoke, stop smoking and if you drink then reduce your alcohol intake. In case of a tight cervix, more force has to be used to dilate it, which can traumatise the tissue.
I know it can take up to a year to conceive but everyone i know who have had a baby have conceived within 2-3months of trying and it is really getting to me.
My partner does smoke and have the occasional drink, and i used to smoke and also have the occasional drink. I will also advice anyone with this kind of issue to contact him for help he is really nice on phone and always there to answer you question giving you the good advice that you need.



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