If you are a woman over forty, and you are trying to become pregnant, chances are that you are having difficulty conceiving. Because a woman’s egg supply diminishes as she ages, she will not have as many eggs as she did in her twenties. The eggs that she does have are older and may not be as healthy. Depending on the doctor or medical source that a woman consults, she may be told that the chances of conception are very, very low. However, there are several options that a woman battling infertility can consider.
Just because you are over forty, that doesn’t mean that you cannot have a baby. Obviously, you can keep letting nature take its course. The disadvantage to this, though, is that the longer you go without conceiving, the older your eggs become. There are several methods that women try before going a more in-depth medical route.
Some women have been known to take one baby aspirin every day or a spoonful of cough syrup with guaifenesin. These medicines are supposed to make the environment of the womb more hospitable for a fertilized egg to survive. There are varying opinions on when and how often to have intercourse with your mate in order to increase your chances of conception. Some doctors advise couples to only have intercourse every other day to allow time for the man’s sperm to build back up. Other doctors advise couples to have sex every day as a woman’s cycle gets closer to ovulation. A woman will more likely conceive twenty-four to forty-eight hours before ovulation than she will on the day she ovulates.
If you have tried all the simple and/or natural methods, and you just aren’t having any luck, it may be time for medical intervention. There are several routes you can take. You may be given a drug, such as Clomid, to increase your egg production. You can choose to have an IUI, which is an intrauterine insemination. You can try IVF, which is invitro fertilization, or you can go through egg donation.
Clomid is the common brand name for clomiphene citrate. It is also given to stimulate ovulation. You will only take this drug under the guidance of your ob-gyn. Sometimes taking Clomid and having an IUI procedure go hand in hand. Your doctor will only keep you on Clomid for a limited amount of time, however.
If Clomid doesn’t help you to conceive, your doctor may suggest that you try an IUI procedure. Your doctor may combine an IUI with drug therapy. Intrauterine insemination is a simple procedure, and it can be done in your doctor’s office. Your doctor will take your husband’s sperm and put it through a wash cycle. Once the sperm has been cleansed, it will be injected into your uterus. Timing is everything, so your doctor will have already determined when you are about to ovulate, or he will have given you drugs to stimulate ovulation.
Invitro fertilization involves harvesting your husband’s sperm and your egg and placing them together in a lab environment. Once fertilization has occurred, the fertilized egg or eggs are then implanted into your womb.
It may be necessary for you to opt for an egg donor. Because your eggs are not in the prime condition that they were when you were younger, you can get an egg donation from an anonymous donor. The egg will be inseminated with your partner’s semen, and once fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg will be implanted into your uterus.
Although it can be difficult for a woman over forty to conceive, it is possible. You will need to contact your doctor for infertility counseling, and he or she should be able to point you in the right direction.