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How Your Age Can Affect Conception
Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD posted:
Many women come to my practice upset and discouraged because they never got the facts about how their biological clocks really work. And by the time I see them, they've usually been trying to get pregnant for months already.

Age-related decline in fertility is more distinct in women than it is in men. In general, if you're a woman, your fertility starts declining at 35. It drops even more once you hit 38. And by 40, there is a noticeably greater risk of pregnancy loss.

The decline in conception and the increased risk of pregnancy loss are both a result of the diminished quality of your eggs as you age. As the years go by, there's also a greater risk that you'll have other disorders that could keep you from having a baby, such as fibroids, endometriosis, or tubal disease.

Because of these factors, I recommend that you seek professional assistance and counseling if you're over 35 and you haven't been able to conceive after trying on your own for 6 months.

Where are you in your conception efforts? Could it be time for you to see a fertility specialist?
leona1980 responded:
Hi, am 33 and my DH is 37-----we've been trying for well over a year now and my OBgyn only started me on clomid in sept at 50mg, all have been BFN's and we're thinking of asking for a referral to see an RE. We think it's time we go that rout now cos we not getting any younger and we don't want to wait any longer
Hyacinth Nicole Browne, MD replied to leona1980's response:
It sounds like you're really having a hard time conceiving. It may be time to initiate an infertility work-up if one has not been done already before doing anymore treatment cycles. You should contact your doctor or a RE to discuss your next steps.
CBarista responded:
Good morning! I am 36 and have an 8 year old son. My husband is 38 and we have been married for 12 years. I had a mc approximately 4 years before having him, and my husband and I were surprisingly pregnant in May. I had a mc in may at approximately 9 weeks. After the mc I am trying to ready my body as much as I can to be a happy place for a baby because now we are trying! I am overweight, but we have been going to the gym about 5 times a week, a little less during the holidays, I have quit drinking, switched to decaf, take prenatal vitamins, and am trying to eat healthier. We are still not pregnant. I know being older presents more problems, but I'm wondering if there is anything else I can do before going to a specialist. Thank you for your time and knowledge.
Nathal1e responded:
Hi, I am 36 and I'm single. I have been trying for a year now. I have gone to see a specialist. I had a miscarriage in October and tried again in December but nothing. Now, I'm having hot flashes and it seems that my perimenopause symptoms have come back with a vengeance. I haven't had my menstrual cycle yet this month and it was supppse to come already and hasn't. I'm frustrated and disappointed. I don't know what else to do. I want to keep trying!!!
annabell30 responded:
I am 40 and have been trying to have a baby for a year. I have had my right ovary removed in January and had a fibroid removed also. I have been having regular periods since. I have been using the ovulation counter and having sex on those days. I am in good health and so is my husband. What else can we do to get pregant?
atti_editor replied to annabell30's response:
Have you been to see a fertility specialist, or had a pre-pregnancy checkup? This article says that women older than 35 who have been unable to get pregnant after 6 months of sex without birth control could benefit from seeing a specialist. This couple's guide to trying to conceive may also have some valuable information. Please let us know how you doing!

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