Women over 40 years of age are not as fertile as young women in their 20s and early 30s. At this age, age-based fertility issues may kick in and necessitate infertility treatment to help them get pregnant.
Here are some of those infertility issues:
A decline in Egg quality
Due to the effects of age-based decline in egg quality, some of the eggs the ovaries of these 40 years old women release are not viable for fertilization. Some eggs have either chromosomal abnormalities or are not implanted correctly in the uterus. The result? Miscarriage!
The risk of miscarriage, fibroids, Down’s syndrome and other gynaecological issues all relate to the woman’s age and that of the egg. This is why services like developments in egg freezing and donor eggs from younger women have become increasingly popular.
Perimenopause and beyond
Premature ovarian insufficiency and imminent early menopause can significantly decrease your chances of getting pregnant. During perimenopause, women ovulate irregularly. This also reduces their chances of conceiving.
40 years plus, women are more prone to high blood pressure, gestational diabetes and other health complications during pregnancy.
“In your 40s, you’ve got about a 40-50% chance of miscarriage each time you get pregnant,” said Dr Jane Stewart, chair of the British Fertility Society. She continued, “… and at 40, your risk of having a baby with Down’s syndrome is about 1 in 100; at 45, 1 in 50. The risks are higher, but many women will go on to have healthy babies.”
Tips for improving fertility
You can carry a baby in your womb to term post-menopause if you use hormonal support, though there are risks.
There are healthy lifestyle changes women can boost their chances of conceiving in their forties. They include:
Exercising: Just do age-appropriate and mild exercises to stay healthy to enhance your body’s reproductive functions.
Maintaining A Stable Body Weight: Many obese women tend to have too much oestrogen because of the excess body fat they have, which contributes to fertility problems. However, low body fat can terminate ovulation
Eating Healthily: Eating a balanced diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetable protein, more high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrate-rich foods and multivitamins can boost your fertility and healthy pregnancy.
Increase Your Vitamin D Intake: It can help make your uterus more receptive.
Abstaining From Alcohol: Heavy drinking can alter ovulation, cycle regulation and also reduce egg quality and quantity. It can also limit implantation in the uterus and cause early loss of pregnancy.
Cutting Out Smoking: Smoking damages the genetic material in sperm and eggs and contributes to the high rates of miscarriage and offspring birth-defect rates in women who smoke.
Natural Medicines: Remember that in addition to handling age-based infertility problems with natural products, you can also use these products to treat infections that contribute to infertility.