Getting pregnant over 40

Elisa - posted on 05/26/2013 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hi I am a 42 year old woman. I am trying to get pregnant. I have never been on the pill and only ever used condoms as contraception. When I was 31 I fell pregnant by accident and due to circumstances I had an abortion. It was the first time I ever had intercourse without a condom and I fell pregnant. However, at my age its not so easy. When I take my temperature in order to track cycle and eventhough I have regular periods, my temperature never changes!!! Isnt it supposed to rise when Im ovulating????

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Angela - posted on 05/30/2013

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As a 40 year old mom of a toddler myself, my advice is actually to visit the reproductive endocrinologist. At our age, even if you are ovulating regularly (which I'm not sure based upon your description), there are fewer "normal" eggs and a much reduced chance of getting pregnant each cycle. That's not to say it can't happen, but time is of the essence when you're over 40 and a reproductive endocrinologist can assess the situation and perhaps give you some medical help of needed. I think they say before age 35, 1 year tom see a specialist, 35-40, 6 months, after 40, only three months. I'm not saying this to be a downer, but if you really, really want a child and won't be happy without the opportunity, I think it would be good to maximize the chances.

~♥Little Miss - posted on 05/30/2013

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Everyone ovulates at different times, so you could just be missing your ovulation temperature. Me? I get pregnant the day after my period ends. I know...weird time to ovulate. But each time I have been pregnant (3 times-2 births) that is when I have gotten pregnant.

Jen - posted on 05/29/2013

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I never saw "typical" temperature shifts and I didn't always remember to take my temp until was already up and at 'em. Switching to the ClearBlue Fertility monitor helped me greatly in tracking my early ovulation/long cycle and then conceive my boys (at age 37 and again at age 39). Best of luck!

Jodi - posted on 05/26/2013

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Have you had your hormone levels checked? Maybe you're not actually ovulating. It isn't uncommon for a woman your age to have stopped ovulating regularly.

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