Pregnancy after 40

Getting Pregnant After 40

CHR's Medical Director Dr. Norbert Gleicher explains why CHR has such high success rates with women over 40.

Is pregnancy possible after 40?

It is common for a woman to consider having a baby after 40. At CHR, we specialize in helping women over 40 become pregnant with their own eggs using a treatment plan best suited to their individual clinical circumstances. In 2012, nearly half of all of our patients were between the ages of 41-50, a year-over-year increase of about 25%. These numbers didn't come as a shock: our pregnancy success rates for this group of women are among the best in the world.

For women over 40, the most common cause of infertility is diminished ovarian reserve (DOR), a condition which is characterized by a low number of eggs in a woman's ovaries and/or impaired development of the existing eggs. A diagnosis of DOR in women over 40 needs to be made rapidly so that effective treatment can quickly follow.

As the center of last resort for women with DOR, CHR meets many women who have postponed treatment for DOR while "watching and waiting" or while undergoing endless tests at other fertility centers. Unfortunately, without treatment, the chances of pregnancy after 40 can only get worse with time. Not a day passes when we don't hear patients say, "Doctor, I wish I'd known about your center years ago, when I was doing such and such..."

With more than 30 years of experience in treating women over 40 who wish to get pregnant, in addition to its publication of hundreds of research studies published on this topic, the CHR is considered one of the world's leading centers for the treatment of DOR.

Read more about Pregnancy after 40

Last Updated: November 15, 2014

Additional Resources

Who Is Misleading Whom? IVF for Women over 40 An article titled “The Misleading Promise of IVF for Women Over 40” in the October 17, 2016 issue of The


6 New CHR Papers Vega et al., Anti-Müllerian hormone levels decline with the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies. Am J Reprod Immunol 2016; 76:333-337 Th...

Get a Second Opinion
second opinion cta

1/3 of women who have been told they need egg donation actually wind up conceiving at the CHR with their own eggs.