Dr. Geraldine Ekpo, FACOG, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Specialist at Laurel Fertility Care and Volunteer Clinical Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco at San Francisco General Hospital, and Dr. Dominika Seidman, UCSF, discuss fertility options and issues for women over 35.
Dr. Ekpo talks about the twelve month time period for trying to get pregnant before seeing a fertility specialist that changes once a woman hits 35:
“After you turn 35, we don’t want you waiting for twelve moths. So after trying for six months, we highly recommend that you start to see a fertility specialist.”
Dr. Ekpo gives tips for women to improve their chances of conceiving:
“The first thing I would say is to make sure we’re timing intercourse.”
“Smoking affects how quickly a woman goes into menopause… so we would definitely say don’t smoke, avoid excessive alcohol consumption…”
“The earlier you can start, the easier things can be, however I would still recommend trying when you’re financially ready to have a baby, and sometimes that happens later in life.”
“We can try to maximize the number of eggs we can get before the age of 40.”
Check out the video for more tips, including which lubricants can slow sperm’s swimming speed, and more information on fertility options.
For more information, please visit:
ACOG’s FAQ on “Evaluating Infertility”
ACOG’s Committee Opinion on “Female Age Related Fertility Decline”
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