Exploring Infertility Myth #4: It is very difficult for women over age 40 to get pregnant

Understanding the physiologic change, for women after 40 is crucial in overcoming infertility. Simple tests are available to determine ovarian function and egg quality. For women over 40, it is necessary to measure levels of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and Estradiol (E2). The results of these laboratory tests and the woman’s age are important in deciding the appropriate fertility treatment and expected outcome.

Keep in mind that the goal is to have a healthy child. However, when test results indicate that the outcome may be a failure, a miscarriage, or a genetically ill child, the couple is advised to consider another option. Through the miracle of egg donation or embryo donation, the uterus of the intended mother is prepared with carefully prescribed hormones and healthy embryos are placed inside the uterus.

Success rates at West Coast Fertility Centers with this technique are encouraging, with 70% to 80% of couples achieving a healthy pregnancy and the ultimate miracle of childbirth.

Recommendation: Don’t delay another minute! Take the tests to measure your ovarian reserve.

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