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40s Fertility

It seems like every day there’s another story of a celebrity in her 40s getting pregnant with apparent ease. If you are over 40 and trying to conceive, these stories can provide hope and frustration in equal measure.

Getting Pregnant in Your 40s

The reality is, it is rare that women in their 40s naturally conceive—women 40-45 have about a 30 percent chance of getting pregnant over a one-year period and women over 45 have less than a 5 percent chance of conceiving naturally. Miscarriage rates are high: a 40-year-old has a 33 percent chance of miscarriage and women over 45 have a miscarriage rate as high as 50 percent or more.

Fertility Treatment in Your 40s

Even with fertility treatments, your odds of getting pregnant overall are not fantastic. But it certainly is not impossible either. In particular, slightly more than 50% of IVF cycles with donor eggs (what many of those celebrities are openly or not-so-openly relying on) result in a live birth, even up to age 50.

For IVF with your own eggs, 17 percent of IVF cycles in 40-year-old women resulted in a life birth. This is because as you get older, the chances of response to ovarian stimulation leading to successful egg retrieval drops. Even when egg retrieval is successful, fewer cycles reach transfer in older women, those that reach transfer are less likely to result in pregnancy, and those that result in pregnancy are less likely to result in live birth. By your mid-late 40s, the chances of all these steps succeeding and leading to life birth is less than 2 percent of all cycles.

If you are in your 40s and experiencing trouble conceiving, you should consider consulting with a fertility specialist. To locate a doctor near you, feel free to request the assistance of one of our Patient Care Coordinators by calling us toll-free at 855-955-2229 or submitting a form to us . We're happy to help you schedule a consultation.


I am 48 and my husband is 63. I have never tried to get pregnant and would like to have a child. I have normal and very consistent menstrual cycles, however, my husband has penile dysfunction and has for several years, so I don't know if I can get pregnant.
I am active and healthy and would like to try having a child as naturally as possible at my age. I am willing to use a sperm donor or if possible my husbands sperm if active. What do you suggest?

I wish you luck...I am also 48 and my Husband and I will be trying for the next few months for Baby #2. I had my first at the young age(lol) of 45 nature. I was very active, ate "a lot" of fruits and veggies ate pasta and red meat once a week. Second month of TTC we were it can happen. And, we have a healthy Daughter. "Don't let other people discourage you!!

I am 48 and also am thinking of have a baby. were you on any type of fertility treatment. I would like to try to concieve as natuarl as possible ?


My Future is 47 and I am 20 and we want to have a baby is it hard for a woman in her 40's to have a baby? and is enough eggs that can come out to create a baby?

Unfortunately, a 47 year old woman has a very small chance of getting pregnant naturally or with IVF treatment using her own eggs. A fertility doctor can do a series of tests to determine the quantity and quality of her eggs. Best, Claire

Thank you for your encouragement ! People try to discourage women who want children naturally late in life. I have 2 adult children and I want another. My good friend makes some not too nice comments when the subject comes up in conversions. My husband and I will continue to TTC and if we are blessed with a child so be it! If not it wasn't meant to be.

I am 46 yrs old and have had three beautiful children who are now 18, 20 and 22 yrs old. I have recently re-married and am also hoping to have a child with my new husband. I commend anyone who is in their 40's for trying. Jennifer A don't give up, you never know when you're miracle is just around the corner....sometimes it takes just a little faith but in the end God knows what's best!!!

Hi Diane, We can definitely help you connect with a fertility doctor in you area. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we can get the ball rolling on a fertility consultation. Best, Kim

My boyfreind has a 2year old vestomy i need to no if i can concive before we have to fork out nearly £3000 if im not fertile it would be a waste of money.

Definitely see a doctor for a fertility workup before the vasectomy reversal. It makes good sense. Best, Claire

Can I do infertility insemination with my husband sperms and get get pregnant

You have missed the window to conceive

am 42 and have being trying to concieve but no luck. pls advise on what to do. Thanks.

You should really see a fertility doctor in your area. Given that you are 42, you really should see a doctor ASAP. There's a "Find a Doctor" search on every page of

I wish you the best,

I had my tubes tied in 1999 I am 42yrs old and recently married. My husband doesn't have any kids and would like to have at least one. Now is it better for me to get a reversal tubal ligation or is it better to go with invitro?

Time is definitely not on your side. By pass the tubes and go straight to the uterus

What data are your estimates for getting pregnant naturally at a certain age based on? On your "age and fertility" page you state that the chances of getting pregnant naturally at age 30 is approximately 20%; at age 40 it drops to approximately 5%. On the "Fertility in your 40ties" page you say it is 30% for women 40-45 over a one-year period and less than 5% for women over 45. Scientific studies estimate the success rate for a live birth with natural conception for women actively trying as 63% at age 40 and 29% at age 45. I can't find any studies that support your numbers. Please clarify. Thanks.

Hi All! My advice is not to give up! My husband and I were incredibly lucky - I got pregnant within 5 months at 42, had a healthy boy (C-section but that was primarily because I am pretty small) and then I got pregnant at 43, 11 months after my son was born and gave birth to a healthy little girl. If I had listened to my GP (who has since deeply apologized) and believed everything I read online, I would not even have tried. The online information i read scared me to death - i am glad we just gave it a try. I know we are very,very lucky but I just want to say, don't decide not to try because of all of this information against "mature" fertility. It is unique to each woman. And if you can't get pregnant"naturally", consider adoption. All children are gifts to us, no matter from where they come.

Thank you for being such an inspiration. I am turning 42 in 2 weeks and I suddenly freaked out about the fact that I may be too old to get pregnant. The readings on "advanced maternal age" are just plain spooky. Thanks for sharing that it is possible for me.

Thank you for being such an inspiration. I am turning 42 in 2 weeks and I suddenly freaked out about the fact that I may be too old to get pregnant. The readings on "advanced maternal age" are just plain spooky. Thanks for sharing that it is possible for me.

Hi! I am REALLY wanting a baby -- I turn 45 next week -- and feel that time is running out -- I am in perfect health -- and still ovulating. Any advice -- is it possible?

Hi Donophia,

How do you know you are ovulating? If you are ovulating you can get pregnant. You should confirm this with your OB-GYN or a fertility doctor.


I have been reading all things to do with IVF. I am 44 never although tried to find Mr Right and am upset that I am 44 and need IVF to get pregnant. I am off to Denmark to Vitanovas as they are midwife driven in helping people to get pregnant. I so want to have children and I hope like some of these stories on here I have a happy ending xx

I'm 41 and is engaged to a 31 year old, him and I would like to have a baby, but due to my tubal ligation, we are looking at artificial insemination, only because tubal ligation reversal is cost effective. I guess what I'm asking is; is it possible to get artificial insemination after tubal ligation?

Hi Jay,

After a tubal ligation reversal, it is possible to get pregnant with timed intercourse or intrauterine insemination. If you are looking for a fertility doctor who specializes in tubal reversal, please give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229).

Im 44 and my husbands 24 i have had my cervix burned but my husband accidnetly did you know what inside me and id like to know am i likely to concieve?

Hi, I am 44 and want to have a baby. I have two options - conceive naturally or IVF. At this age I am not prepared to go through the trauma of miscarriage and thus want to know which option (natural or IVF) gives me better chance of live birth. My egg reserves are low.

Hi there, It is definitely in your best interest to work with a fertility doctor and to do IVF. Your fertility doctor can run tests on you to create an IVF protocol that will allow for the best ovarian stimulation results. They will also select the most normal looking embryo (or do PGD if you elect for that procedure to select the most genetically normal embryo), which will reduce your risk of miscarriage. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will help you connect with a reputable fertility doctor in your area. Best, Kim

Hi, I am 44 and my husband is 42. I have 3 kids (13,18,20) from my first marriage and had to have my uterus rmoved 5 years ago for medical issue. we are both very sproty and healthy. He doesnt have kids of his own and we would love to have a child together. What are your chances, cost and where do we start?

Hi Alexia, The first step would be to consult a fertility doctor who will test your ovarian reserve to see if you are a candidate for fertility treatment using your own eggs. If the results come back suggesting donor egg, you could still use a gestational carrier. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will connect you with a fertility doctor in your area. The costs vary by location across the united states and the laws on gestational carriers vary as well. We look forward to helping you! Kim

please help me how to have a baby so soon, my menstration is normal, then my husband is diabetes,can i bear a child?

Hi Trisha, If you are over the age of 35 and trying to conceive for six months, or under the age of 35 and trying to conceive for one year without success, it is time to consult a fertility doctor. Even if your cycles are normal, there could be an issue with your husband's sperm or some other issue you are missing. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) and we will help you connect with a fertility doctor in your area. All my best! Kim

I am a 44 years od, had 2 IVF with no luck. I m about doing the third one but wit an egg donor. I have 3 questions: 1- what is the difference in my case if we use my husband's frozen sperms or it is better to use fresh once. 2- for the high cost of this procedure and because I m out of money what is the chance of getting pregnant if I am sharing the eggs with other recipient versus not sharing. 3- what are my chances in both cases, I m desperate to have a child.

Hi Rosy, Does your husband have male factor infertility? There isn't much of a difference between using fresh or frozen sperm, though I believe fresh is preferred. You can definitely do a shared donor egg cycle to save some money. Any time you use frozen donor eggs over fresh, you save money and time. A fertility doctor could tell you the odds of you getting pregnant. We actually know several fantastic fertility doctors who specialize in egg donation. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we can help you connect. Best, Kim

I am 42 and have had my tubes tied for 8 years. I have started seeing a man and things are going great. He is younger than I am by 8 years and has asked if I would be willing have one more. I really want one more and have before I started seeing him. I am not sure if reversal would be worth it or if we should just go straight to trying IVF. I know that I want to do this before I turn 45. Any suggestions

Hi Scarlette, Your best bet is to consult with a fertility doctor to see if you are a candidate for tubal ligation reversal or IVF. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we will help you connect with a fertility doctor who specializes in tubal reversal. Best, Kim

I already went to 2 doctors who said the same things times running out I need to be a baby oven donor sperm and eggs hubbies sperm count very low my overies are not in great shape this sounds costly is there anyway to avoid the high cost and chance of being let down if I do go though with this I have 2 frown children I their twenties but I just want another so badly so does my hubbies leas can anyone offer some advice for me so confused family members think I nuts to want this army age help

Hi Suzie, If you are looking into egg and sperm donation, we can certainly help you connect with a fertility doctor! Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email Best, Kim

Hi Im a lady and 40yrs now, I started to try falling pregnent since 25yrs and know good results always doctors telling me that there is nothing wrong with me, now i decided to do IVF and now the doctor tell me that im over 35yrs and my hormones blood results are 0,16, and can make a child is there any other option that i can take i dont want an egg donor.

my partner and I have been going to fertility the last 5 months now they have all failed, I just got my next period why won't my egg open up. and I am nearly 43yrs old and really would like another baby my partner has never had children I have a 20 yr old daughter to a previous relationship.

Hi Karen, After several failed cycles of fertility treatment, you might consider a second opinion. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we can help you connect with a fertility doctor near you. Best, Kim

I am 57 years old and my wife is 41. We have been tring to get our own baby naturally for the past one year. What are our chances, her circle is normal

Hi Nduka, It would be best for you and your wife to consult a fertility doctor. The doctor will perform a complete evaluation including blood work to check hormone levels and ultrasound. Many fertility doctors recommend that a woman use donor eggs after the age of 42, but this really depends on her ovarian reserve. If you would like to connect with a fertility doctor near you, give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we would be happy to assist! Best, Kim

45 years old, 46 yrs soon had a tubal 18 yrs ago. My husband and I would like to have a baby. I wold like to know what the best chance for us to have a baby would be Invetro whith my own eggs, or tubal reversal.

Hi Alicia, It is difficult to say whether you will be a candidate for IVF or tubal reversal and if you can use your own eggs. Your best bet would be to consult a fertility doctor. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we will help you connect with a fertility doctor near you. Best, Kim

Hi, me and my 27 year old husband has been trying to conceive for 3 months now. But no success. I believe I have a blocked left fallopian tube and a small fibroide, HOWEVER I GET MY PERIOD EVERY 27 DAYS. Oh p.s. right now I'm currently overweight. I am 5"8 at 212 pounds. I was 236 pounds and lost 24 pounds. Does being overweight effect my chances of getting pregnant at 43? Or should I just shoot for IVF regardless of weight?

Hi Precious, Both age and weight could be an issue here, but only a fertility doctor can tell you for sure. Give us a call at 1-855-955-BABY (2229) or email and we will gladly help you find some treatment options near you. Best, Kim

Hello so glad I found this site. I will be 40 in August an my husband just turned 42. We both have chidlren (18,13) for him and (12, 4 yr old twins) for me. Last night he voiced how much he would like to have a son as his other children are girls, but he feels that he is getting old. This site really gives me hope that there is chance we can still conceive naturally. My cycle is currently here,,,, so this will be our first month trying. Good Luck to everyone!

We have just turned 44 with my husband and we are about to start ivf . I have a son 20 from my previous relationship and my husband has recently told me that he has a 10 yr daughter and that makes him to have 3 kids from his relationships. I would love to have a child with him. We have been married for 11 yrs now but he has soft erection due to his diabetes and I am not getting my menses regularily .After hearing all the positive stories of older women falling this site I a willing to try.


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