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How Your Age Can Affect Conception
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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?
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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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!!!


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