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Age 40 and fertility treatment: What Women Should Know

If you are over 40 years old and looking to get pregnant, the single most important advice is: don’t waste time, and seek professional help. Time is of essence in this case, as the infamous biological clock is ever ticking, and it’s important to find a specialist who will thoroughly evaluate your individual case to quickly and effectively select the most appropriate fertility treatment for you. Dr. Andrew Levi, MD, FACOG has a broad experience with issues of age and fertility. Today we ask Dr. Levi to explain about the specific issues for ladies over 40.

The main causes of infertility over 40 include:
• Eggs are more likely to develop genetic abnormalities, which may result in miscarriage and other problems.
• The reduced “ovarian reserve”, or the number of eggs left in the ovaries
• Hormonal changes cause the ovaries to stop the egg production
• Various health problems or treatments may cause the ovaries to stop their function

It’s important to remember that the chances of conceiving after 40 drop significantly. For instance, IUI treatment success rates are only 5% for women of this age. IVF statistics are only a bit higher, at 15% per cycle. Unfortunately these numbers drop abruptly with each year, and after 43 the percentage of successful pregnancies per IVF cycle is only about 6.2%. After 44 years the number further decreases to 1%. Based on these facts, fertility specialists often suggest egg donation, which improves the chances of a successful IVF.

Another fertility solution for this age group can be IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), which yields about 5% success rate per cycle for women over 40. Your doctor can also suggest low-dose injections of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which helps the development of eggs usually brings similar results: If you are 40 or older, you may expect a 5% chance of pregnancy per cycle.

It’s vital to work with a specialist who will be able to determine which fertility treatment is right for you. Dr. Andrew Levi has helped many women and couples to become happy parents. In your one-on-one consultation, Dr. Levi will thoroughly evaluate your case and choose the best solution for you.

For more information and to schedule an appointment, please contact our offices in Trumbull and Fairfield, CT. Dr. Levi and his professional staff at Park Avenue Fertility Clinic are dedicated to make your parenting dream come true.

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