Why Is It Harder To Get Pregnant After 40?


Have you ever wonder what exactly it is that makes pregnancy at 40 so difficult?  40 is still relatively young and most women don’t start to go into menopause for another 5 to 10 years.  At 40 many women begin experiencing low ovarian reserve, which can diminish the possibilities of getting pregnant naturally.

What is low ovarian reserve? A low ovarian reserve is the condition where the number of healthy viable eggs in a woman’s ovaries diminishes.  Females are born with about 2 million eggs but by the time they reach puberty, the count is down to three to four hundred thousand.  At 40, she will only have about 76,000 left and that number will decrease rapidly each month.  Younger women can have a low ovarian reserve as well if they have premature ovarian aging.

Is there a treatment? A diagnosis of having a low ovarian reserve does not mean a woman cannot get pregnant.  Due to having less healthy eggs does mean it will probably be more difficult, but not impossible.  Studies have shown that DHEA treatments and increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.  DHEA is a naturally-occurring male hormone that can amp up the activity of the ovaries.  The supplement treatments, according to the study, have been shown to actually increase egg production as well as the quality of the eggs – essentially reversing the signs of ovarian aging.  Along with rejuvenating ovarian function, DHEA treatments can also improve IVF success rates and possibly decrease the risk of spontaneous miscarriage.

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