Mission Possible – Having A Baby At 40

February 14, 2020 Off By Crystal Watkins

I strongly believe that love cannot die. We are seemingly born as the product of love between a man and a woman, but where has our spirit come from? Spirit is not the result of human union, for it is of Divine origin. So it came from somewhere outside of us – and surely returns there upon death. We come to earth to fulfill a purpose and once our work is done we ‘die’. But it is our physical remains that go into our grave, not the spiritual essence that is immortal.

My tests were quite a bit more complex. In addition to the blood tests, I had to get an HSG x-ray to check the condition of my tubes to see if there might be blockages. I also had a FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) test which is essentially a blood test. Any score higher than 10 on an FSH test was considered unlucky when it came to fertility. All of these test results came back good. It was looking like I was a great candidate for in vitro fertilization.

One of the biggest factors for many people is the expense of invitro (IVF ) fertilization if prescription medications don’t work. It’s not uncommon to pay anywhere from $8,000 to $15,000 for one cycle of IVF Centre in Hyderabad.

As soon as we met our new doctor I knew we were in good hands. We told him all the twin loss and my meds. He said we are going to keep with the meds for 13 weeks to play it safe. Boy was I relieved. Our lives were finally starting to calm down. Things were good and we deserved it after everything we IVF Centre went through.

This wasn’t the first time we had been to this clinic. We had a first trimester screening there for one of my pregnancies so I was familiar with the staff, layout, and what to expect. They started with a consultation with the doctor. He needed to meet with both me and my husband, so we both took time from work.

After about a month of shots and sonograms it was time for my eggs to be retrieved. At this point I had a certain amount of eggs that were ready to go. The nurse called me and scheduled my retrieval. Again I was back to taking certain medications for this to happen. I was so nervous. What if something goes wrong? I hope they get enough eggs was all I was thinking. They have to put you under twilight in order for them to do this. It didn’t hurt at all. When I woke up they said everything went well. They were going to call me in a few days with the number of eggs that were retrieved. So we waited for the call.

This data becomes more interesting when we consider the fact that as women get older, they naturally find it hard to get pregnant. Some statistics of interest: 15.2% of childless women between 35 and 39 had gotten help for infertility. The numbers for women between 30 and 34 and 15 and 29 are 17.3% and 2.9% respectively. These numbers should be seen in light of the fact that 27.4% of women between 40 and 44 are infertile; 22.6% of women between 35 and 39 are infertile; 16.9% of women between 30 and 34 are infertile; and 16.9% of women between 30 and 34 are infertile.

There is nothing wrong with spending money on a medical procedure of any kind. The question becomes are there other approaches that you might be better off trying first?