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Rudundent As It May Seem...but Why Can't I Get Pregnant

I am 42, my husband is 42 and we've been trying for almost 2 yrs. to get pregnant. He's got a history to steroid use and I've in the past 6 yrs. had a bad pap for cervical dysplasia and went through a leep. We want to get pregnant and can't. Are we too old? Is it his steroids? Is it my dysplasia? We are both very active and healthy.
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replied July 3rd, 2007
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it may be either of those or a mix of both

but 42 my dear is NOT old :]

go see a doctor and they should definately be able to help
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replied July 5th, 2007
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Welcome to .ehealth!

Since you two have been trying for two years and have had no luck, it is my suggestion that you make an appt with the doctor. They will run some tests and check on the things that you have mentioned, as well as give you some great tips. Wink

Have you been taking your bbt (basal body temp)? or using opk's? Is your cycle fairly regular?
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replied July 5th, 2007
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Like they said it could possibly be both, but then again it may not be your age. I know I was reading the book the doctor gave me earlier and it said that after the age of 35 sometimes the womans eggs are not as fertile, and it can be harder to get pregnant. I would suggest to keep trying and go to your doctor. Like they said they can do some tests to help figure out why your not getting pregnant. They can also tell you when you obvulate so that you can try around that time of the month. It's always the best time to try.
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replied July 5th, 2007
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Like they said it could possibly be both, but then again it may not be your age. I know I was reading the book the doctor gave me earlier and it said that after the age of 35 sometimes the womans eggs are not as fertile, and it can be harder to get pregnant. I would suggest to keep trying and go to your doctor. Like they said they can do some tests to help figure out why your not getting pregnant. They can also tell you when you obvulate so that you can try around that time of the month. It's always the best time to try.
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replied July 6th, 2007
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They easiest way to tell whether you are ovulating is to take your temp on a special bbt thermometer each morning before you wake up. There is a pattern where your temp should be about 1/2 degree higher after you ovulate. This can tell you after you ovulate, whether you timed bding right.

You can also take tests in an ovulation prediction kit (opk), which cost $15-40 per month. These tests tell you when you are in a fertile window 12-48 hours before ovulation.

If you have been trying for two years with no luck, then go to the doctor. Your doctor can refer you to an infertility specialist who can run lots of tests on you and your dh.

I know several people who had kids in their 40s.
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