As women mature there are more obstacles to conception and pregnancy. There is also reason for concern due to the smaller treatment window available as menopause approaches. It is therefore important that women over 35 and their partners be aware of the additional concerns and slightly modified approaches to both conception and treatment.

Perhaps you have delayed getting pregnant until this stage of your life. Perhaps you have achieved a state of success and personal satisfaction in other areas. Education, career, and finances may have taken a front seat. Or perhaps you are already a mother and you and your partner have decided it’s time to have another child. Whatever your particular circumstances, your energies are now concentrated on your new goal…getting pregnant and having a baby.

It will be helpful to understand that, in general, fertility decreases with age and there is a higher chance of losing the pregnancy. Women over 35 are more likely to need an evaluation for infertility. It’s vital to realize that you are not alone. Universally, the post-baby-boom generation has delayed child-bearing and many couples share similar circumstances.

“We have been trying to conceive for many months!” Perhaps, during the past six months or more, you and your partner have left nothing to fate. You have become an expert in ovulation and monitoring your basal body temperature. Your most intimate moments are calculated and correspond with your most fertile time. Each lovemaking session has an overriding agenda—getting pregnant. If this is the case, it may now be your time to consult a physician.

“We have recently decided we want a baby!” If you have recently started to actively plan for getting pregnant -or are about to start, you may still be experiencing a sense of urgency relative to your age. You may have already recognized the need for a more formal or calculated approach. Remember, due to your special circumstances it is important to limit yourselves to only a six month period in which you try to conceive without consulting the guidance of a professional. If necessary, partnership with a reproductive specialist will make your journey easier. This clinical expertise will provide you and your partner with education and clinical recommendations that will maximize your odds of getting pregnant and having a baby.

If you do not achieve pregnancy in the next 6 months and decide to pursue a fertility work-up or fertility treatment, your reproductive specialist may introduce a variety of options to consider in the hopes of getting pregnant. You may experience a transition from temperature monitoring to artificial inseminations or In Vitro Fertilization. The use of pills or administration of injections may be a component of your fertility specialists’ recommendations. If this is the case, you will wish to visit the pharmacy specializing at infertility treatment.

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