If you have been trying for a while then you can go and get your levels checked by your doctor – these blood tests may determine what kind of egg reserve you have left as the reserves diminish as we get older. If you think you might be pregnant then take a home pregnancy test or go to your doctor and get checked out by them, but be aware that I have heard and read a lot of stories of women going to their doctor thinking they might be pregnant and the doctor totally writing off the idea and saying it must be the menopause. I went through this myself and am now pregnant (I will be 46 in a few months). Check out my article on when will I ovulate for more info.. The doctor may test your FSH and if it comes out at a high number (over 25) then you may have less chance of getting pregnant (but there is still hope).
If you are actively trying to get pregnant then it is worth monitoring your cycles by taking your temperature and using ovulation tests.
The success rates for donor eggs vary from around 50 to 80% so this is a great chance to have a healthy baby. It does take longer to get pregnant the older you get but if you are still ovulating then there is still a chance. Women can undergo this treatment into their early 50s (and some will take older women) so you don’t have to rush into it.
A lot of women these days are putting off getting pregnant until later in life, or maybe it just hasn’t happened for them so if you have a wish to get pregnant at 47 then as long as you are ovulating then there is a chance it might happen, and in life a long shot is better than no shot at all. In fact there are cases of women who go on to give birth into their early fifties but this is rare. Well maybe this is true in the majority of cases but stick to your guns if you think differently and get a pregnancy test.
I would be interested to hear from the experiences of women in their 40’s who have got pregnant.
Do You Have a Regular Cycle?
If you have a regular cycle and are still ovulating then there is a chance that you can become pregnant. So, if you do want to get pregnant and you are 47 (or even older) then it is worth trying of course to see if it will happen for you as, after all, you might be one of the lucky ones.
The problem with getting pregnant in your 40s, as I know, is that the chance of miscarriage is much higher due to the possibility of chromosomal abnormalities. As long as you bear this in mind then this may keep your chances in perspective.
Using Donor Eggs
Once you get past about 44 and you still want to get pregnant then doctors recommend the use of donor eggs in IVF treatment as this has a massively higher success rate than using your own eggs.
Getting Pregnant at 47
Of course there is always the chance that you could be pregnant at the age of 47, even if it is a pretty slim one