A 39-year-old female asked:

I've been tryin to get pregnant for over a year now with no results. i have kids. had a pap smear oct 2011 asc/hpv neg. could i still get pregnant? what could be the problem? im 40 years old

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Dr. Ew Moffitt
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
The : The biggest concern here is your age. When you were 30, you had about a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month you tried. Now at age 40, you have a less than 10% chance of getting pregnant. This is assuming that there are no other factors than age affecting your chance of getting pregnant. You should go directly to an infertility specialist for an evaluation and treatment.
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Dr. Scott Diede
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31 years experience
Fertility doc: If you really want another child, i would visit a fertility specialist. You meet the definition of infertility based on your age (>35 yrs old) and length of trying unprotected intercourse (> 6 months). Given that you have had kids in the past, this shortens the list of what might be going on and how to help you or your partner. Good luck.
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