At Arizona Associates for Reproductive Health, we use cutting-edge technology to pinpoint the cause of your infertility and provide solutions to help you grow your family. Age is one factor that can cause fertility complications and infertility for male and female patients alike.
We encourage our patients who are having difficulty becoming pregnant naturally to come in for an evaluation. For female patients, fertility rates begin to decline as early as age 30 which is why IVF after 40 is increasingly common.
As our bodies age, they undergo many physical changes, some of which affect our reproductive systems. Aging not only reduces a woman's ability to become pregnant, but it also contributes to a higher prevalence of pregnancy complications and disorders among children. While men stay fertile longer than women, they are still susceptible to several fertility complications related to aging. Causes of age-related infertility problems include:
The best way to avoid infertility and complications caused by aging is to try and become pregnant earlier in life. Of course, we recognize that many individuals decide to start families later for a variety of reasons. If you already know that you may want to have a child after your fertility peaks, consider sperm, egg, or embryo vitrification. Also known as egg and sperm "freezing," this process cryopreserves your reproductive cells for many years. The fertility specialists at AZARH can extract your eggs or sperm and preserve them for later use. Frozen eggs, sperm, or embryos can help you become pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF), or be carried by a surrogate. To discuss the benefits and risks of freezing your eggs after 40, schedule a free consultation with us.
IVF is also a viable option for patients who have not previously frozen eggs or embryos. Through the process of ovulation induction, our team is able to stimulate the production of eggs at a desired time so that they can be harvested and fertilized in our laboratory. In addition to IVF, we also offer intrauterine insemination (IUI), in which sperm are placed directly within a female's uterus to increase the chances that one will join with an egg.
To address the decreased quality of eggs and increased chances of chromosomal abnormalities, we urge our patients to consider embryonic screening. At AZARH, we recommend preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)for all of our patients. PGD is performed during IVF treatment after fertilization has occurred. This safe test screens embryos for chromosomal abnormalities so that only healthy embryos are selected for transfer.
Our practice combines advanced techniques with a compassionate and individualized approach to care. To learn more about aging and how it relates to your fertility, contact our office today.