It’s 2011 and today’s modern women are busy, busy, busy – to the point where pregnancy after 40 is becoming an increasing trend. We’re constantly on the go from the age of 18: we go to university, study hard and perhaps go on to graduate school. Then we spend lots of time and energy looking for a good job to pay off college. Once we get a job, we work hard, long hours trying to advance in our career and sometimes it takes years to become an established name in our field. In our free time we’re off taking yoga classes, hitting up the farmers market with girlfriends and if you’re lucky, taking adventurous trips to foreign countries.
After we get our dream job and have explored life to its fullest, it’s time to settle down and think about finding a partner and starting a family. For a lot of us, this doesn’t happen until we’re in our late 30s and early 40s. During these years, many women find getting pregnant to be more of a challenge than it might have been than if they were 10 years younger and end up consulting one or more infertility experts.
Women’s ovary function starts slowing down around the age of 35 and on top of that, 10% will experience premature ovarian aging. That means healthy egg production could be slowing down at an even younger age. The slowing of ovarian function does not mean that a woman loses her ability to become pregnant at all. It just means she may need the help of infertility treatment. Fertility centers are seeing a steady increase in the treatment of women over 40. The methods of treating aging ovaries is through outside egg donation, DHEA treatments to jump start egg production and IVF and have seen positive success rates.
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What once meant a lifetime commitment of sterility, is now a decision that may be reversed. Women get a tubal ligation if they have decided they do not want children of their own or if they already have kids and don’t want more. While many women stick to their decision, at the same time, many women change their minds. People change, situations change and the woman could find herself regretting her decision. Thanks to the rapid advances in infertility treatments, pregnancy after tubal ligation is now entirely possible.
A tubal ligation, or getting your tubes tied, is surgical procedure to permanently prevent pregnancy. The woman’s fallopian tubes are cut and cauterized shut or have a segment of the tubes removed so the egg can’t travel down and join the sperm. Women who have had a tubal ligation actually have two possible options if they choose to try to get pregnant: tubal ligation reversal and IVF.
Pregnancy after tubal ligation can be achieved naturally if a woman has successful tubal ligation reversal. Tubal reversal is a surgical procedure that reconnects the fallopian tube, allowing eggs to pass through it again. Tubal reversal isn’t for everyone though, women who have had their tubes cauterized are not candidates for this option. A tubal reversal surgery sometimes isn’t successful if the remaining pieces of her fallopian tubes are too short or damaged to reconnect as well. If the surgery is successful, chances are, the woman can get pregnant without the help of IVF.
Another option for pregnancy after tubal ligation is IVF New York. In vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments consist of collecting a woman’s eggs and mixing them with the man’s sperm in a petri dish. The are left to cultivate for a few days after fertilization and then implanted in the woman’s uterus. One IVF treatment cycle can take 6 to 8 weeks on average to complete. IVF is a better option for women who were not good candidates for tubal reversal or didn’t want another surgical procedure.
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