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    Pregnancy Options

    What are the conception options that might be available to older women like myself who want to conceive but might be having issues related to conception?

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    Hi Jess,

    Thank you for your post. Please could I ask how long you have been trying to conceive? It is considered normal to take up to 12 months to conceive. The current best practice guidelines are for a couple to have sex at least every other day when they are trying to conceive. It is really important to eat a healthy balanced diet and to minimise stress when you are planning a baby: there is more information on this in this preconception care article.

    This thread looks into some of the conception options for older women. You and your partner would have a number of tests before any of these options were started. IVF is a frequently used conception option for women who have problems conceiving naturally. There is more detailed information about IVF here. Really it depends on why the doctor says a couple is having problems conceiving as to what the next step would be.

    You may also find this further information about infertility helpful.

    Please do post back and let us know how long you have been trying to conceive for and if you or your partner have any known fertility/ medical problems so that we can help to support you further.

    Best wishes,

    Last edited by ljmarsden; 19th August 2013 at 06:46 AM.

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    Hi LJ,

    I have some sort of similar questions with Jess by the way, but not totally the same. I find your links about Planning for Pregnancy very helpful on what I asked about conceiving though. So, avoiding stress and eating healthy diet plays a major role aside from having sex every other day, right?



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    Yes that's right Suezzy - it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet (as well as taking folic acid supplements) and keep stress to a minimum when trying to conceive. Some couples have a time of pre-conception care (for example, in the 3 months leads up to 'actively trying' for a baby) when they take extra care with their diet and stop drinking and smoking.

    Pregnancy can happen when you have sex within approximately 1 day of ovulating. Most women ovulate on day 14 of their monthly cycle (if they have a regular 28 day cycle). It is possible to predict your ovulation using natural methods such as temperature tracking and looking for changes in cervical mucous. However, some couples prefer to have a more relaxed approach to when they have sex when they are trying to conceive so that it is more fun and spontaneous. This is fine as long as you have sex often enough each month.

    Please do ask any more specific questions here.

    Best wishes,


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    My partner and I doesn't smoke by the way. He drinks alcohol but not that much.

    How are we going to check if you are ovulating when you have an irregular menstrual cycle by the way? What are the signs of your cervical mucous being fertile anyway?



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    Baby After Tubal Reversal Procedure

    I had procedure Tubal-ligation performed July 28th 2005, I was aware that I would be unable to have children but at that time I did not care. I was young and at the time it was something I really wanted. Now that I'm married, My husband and I want to have more children, with the procedure being performed what are my chances of a successful reversal? Within my Lab reports nothing was taken out it was just a simple burn. I have found many places that do the procedure but I do not know anyone who has had the same thing done to them such as myself. When I look myself in the mirror I want to be able to say I'm carrying a growing child in my womb and to basically become whole again.

    I was a little afraid of trying again, but with prayer and faith I believe that we will conceive and with the help of my fellow women of god this is something I know I can get through and hopefully one day I can come back and start posting in the I'm Pregnant Forum!

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    What are some things I can do to ensure I become pregnant after Tubal Reversal. I had natural burns done with the Tubal-ligation, I have not had the surgery as of yet but I would like to prepare myself before hand.

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    Dear Suezzy,

    Here is a detailed thread about signs of fertility to look out for each month. In terms of the cervical mucous, Kate writes in this thread:

    'Your cervical mucus will then go from creamy to stretchy and take on more of a clear color. You will be able to pick it up and stretch it between your fingers. It may stretch just an inch or two, and then break. You're in your fertile window and sex during this time could result in pregnancy.

    The day before and the day of ovulation, your cervical mucus will be clear and wet and it will have the consistency of egg white. You will be able to pick it up and stretch it between your thumb and fore finger and it may not break even if you stretch it 6 inches. This is when you are at your peak of fertility and sex at this time gives you the best chance of conception.'

    How irregular are your cycles? Is there any pattern to them? You could also use an ovulation prediction test to help you track your ovulation.

    For most women, their body temperature increases by around 0.5 degrees C the day after ovulation. You can record your body temperature at the same time each morning, before you get out of bed (i.e. in the same conditions each day). If you do this for a number of months then this will help to show you if ovulation occurs on a predictable day each month. This raise in body temperature occurs, on average, for three consecutive days in a monthly cycle.

    Your breasts may also feel more tender when ovulation is occurring.

    Irregular periods can sometimes be a sign of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). It is a good idea to get this syndrome ruled out if you have irregular periods and are trying to conceive. This is especially in light of your other post where you explain you and your partner are not able to see each other often.

    Best wishes,

    Last edited by ljmarsden; 27th August 2013 at 05:29 AM.

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    Dear Natasha (wright2512),

    Thank you for your post here.

    Many younger women who have a tubal ligation do change their mind about wanting/wanting more children and get a reversal. Please try not to feel bad about the decision to have the tubal ligation in the first place as I expect your life was very different at that time.

    A tubal ligation carried out using burns is where a section of the Fallopian tubes are burned. The section which is burnt is generally around 3 cm in length. This leaves a remaining 10 cm (on average) of unburned and, hopefully, healthy Fallopian tubes. When a woman then has this type of procedure reversed the burned sections are removed and the undamaged parts joined together.

    It really depends on what proportion of your Fallopian tubes were burned in the original procedure as to your chances of a successful reversal where you go on to conceive. Your chances of conception also depend on the number of places in your Fallopian tubes that the burns occurred. I wonder if you were told this specific information after your tubal ligation procedure?

    It would be a good idea for your husband to have his semen tested to check he has good fertility levels before you undergo the reversal procedure.

    The chances of pregnancy for a woman after the reversal procedure (assuming her partner is fertile and she are not overweight or over 40) are thought to be around 50% if you have had the procedure using burns. The highest success rates are for women who have over 4-6 cm of remaining, healthy Fallopian tubes.

    As you are most probably aware, IVF is the other option for pregnancy if you have had a tubal ligation.

    There is some more information in the thread relating to your other post here about preparing your body for pregnancy. I have also replied in your post entitled 'How can the spouse help with conception after reversal'.

    I hope this information is helpful for you. I understand your deep desire to have another child and I wish you the very best in conceiving.

    Please do let us know any further questions you have and we will work together to support you.

    Best wishes,

    Last edited by ljmarsden; 27th August 2013 at 06:01 AM.

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    It is important to consult an infertility specialist or doctor for checkup without any delay. In women, doctors ask for menstrual cycle and check ovulation with blood tests or suggest for ultrasound of ovaries. Along with these tests, there are several other tests of fertility in women such as Hysterosalpingography (HIS-tur-oh-sal-ping-GOGH-ru-fee) and Laparoscopy (lap-uh-ROS-kuh-pee. Infertility diagnosis and treatment could be a long and emotional procedure for a woman. ‘

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