Is it Impossible to get Pregnant at 46






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1. Myth Versus Reality

It’s so easy to get caught up in what people want us to believe. Take a look at Hollywood for instance. If you follow celebrity gossip at all, you already know that is a commonplace, everyday thing for celebs to get pregnant at 44, 45, 46, and even beyond. The funny thing is, when you hear celebs talk about their pregnancies, there is usually no mention of donor eggs, fertility treatments, or anything of the like.

celebrities-expect-us-all-to-believe-that-they-got-pregnant-naturally-with-no-helpThey expect us all to believe that they got pregnant naturally with no help, and that is really sending a mixed message to women everywhere. It tells them that it’s okay to wait as long as they want to get pregnant, and they are beginning to overestimate their fertility. So, it’s time to separate the fact from the fiction.

2. The Facts

According to doctors and scientists alike, women experience a huge drop in their fertility around age 40. Once a woman hits age 44, her chance of getting pregnant naturally, using her own eggs, is around 5 percent at best, and it just continues to drop from there.

at-46-womans-chances-of-getting-pregnant-using-her-own-eggs-are-pretty-much-nonexistentBy the time a woman is around 46 years of age, her chances of getting pregnant using her own eggs are pretty much nonexistent. The media is sending women this message that they can get pregnant as long as they want to, but the medical technology to do so is just not there.

3. What Is Possible

It is definitely possible for women to get pregnant in their forties, it happens all the time. That being said, getting pregnant in your forties is definitely harder than getting pregnant in your twenties or thirties. By age 40, a woman’s egg supply is beginning to dwindle, and the eggs that remain will not be the most viable eggs.

A-womans-risk-of-miscarriage-and-birth-defects-also-skyrockets-when-woman-reached-their-fortiesA woman’s risk of miscarriage and birth defects also skyrockets around this time, as does the risk of pregnancy complications for the mother as well. The best bet for women who are wanting to conceive in their mid forties is the combination of IVF therapy along with donor eggs. This will give women the best chance of conceiving and delivering a healthy baby.

4. What To Remember

It is important for women over age 35 to seek help from a fertility specialist if they have tried to get pregnant for more than six months with no success. Women can definitely get pregnant past age 40, but the process is definitely a little more difficult, and things might have to be handled in a different way. Donor eggs and assisted reproductive technologies are making it possible for women to conceive later in life.


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Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.