Women over the age of 40
An increasing number of women are having children when they are 40 or older. Some have waited in vain to meet the right person for them and have children together. Some women have focussed on their careers and other dreams and goals and put their dreams of having children on hold. Other may have been ill or infertile and may have been having treatment over a longer or shorter period of time. Also nowadays, women tend to wait to have children until they have completed their education, gotten a job and probably met their ideal partner.
40+ and the risk of infertility
The older you are, the harder it is for you to become pregnant. A woman’s fertility declines sharply from the age of 35 and towards the end of her 30s. Therefore, we know that there is an increased risk of infertility when you are a woman over the age of 40 and that complex treatment is often required in order to become pregnant.
Therefore, if you would like to have children, it is important to have fertility investigations and a medical assessment of whether it is possible for you to become pregnant. This will save you a lot of time, and you can get started with the right treatment from day 1. Here in the clinic, we can advise and help you with all of this.
Fortunately, we have a lot of experience and expertise in StorkKlinikOur team in helping women who are over 40. New types of treatment also mean that we can now help more women than we could 10 years ago. We offer all types of treatment, including egg donation.
Getting started quickly – no waiting list
Women in Denmark can get fertility treatment from the public health service up until the age of 40, while at StorkKlinik we can offer fertility treatment up until the age of 46. If you are a woman aged 40 or more, time is of the essence, not least because it will often take longer to become pregnant. Your fertility can drop quite drastically in just a year. Therefore, we have to make optimal use of the time available to us.
The advantage of coming to StorkKlinik when you are 40 or more is that you can come immediately. There is no waiting list. We are also open 365 days a year. That means that you can come according to when it fits in with your cycle. It may be that you, for other reasons, may be obliged to wait, when treatment will not be optimal. At StorkKlinik we do have some guidelines that mean that we are available when you and your body are ready for treatment.
When selecting donor sperm
If you are 40 or more and are single or lesbian, you will need to use donor sperm. Selecting donor sperm is a very special process for many people and one that can give rise to many thoughts and emotions. Almost all women at StorkKlinik use donor sperm. We also have a close relationship and a good co-operation with the sperm banks. This means that we have a lot of expertise and knowledge regarding the process. We can prepare you for the decision you will face when choosing donor sperm.
During the initial consultation we will tackle some of the most important issues you should be considering and that you will inevitably be asked about at some point. This could include: What will you tell your child? What would you like your child to know about the donor? And what will you say to everyone else if you become pregnant using donor sperm when you are 40 or older?
A large network of women with donor-conceived children
When you come to StorkKlinik for fertility treatment, you will certainly not be the only woman here aged 40 or more You will see lots of other women who are in exactly the same situation and stage of their lives as you. You may benefit from the fact that StorkKlinik has created a large network of women that have come here down through the years.
Since 2006, we have had an annual celebration of the children who were conceived with the help of StorkKlinik. This is the annual Stork Event that takes place in Copenhagen. The Stork Event has gradually attracted large numbers of donor-conceived children and their mothers. You can become part of a very special community here, where there are also lots of mothers who are 40 or older, and it is also special for the donor-conceived children to see that there are lots of other families just like their own. We often find that new friendships arise because of what you have in common, i.e. that you have become parents at an older age than other women.
A special, homely atmosphere
For most of the women who come to StorkKlinik, it is essential that they are not coming to a place that reminds them of a hospital. They are not feeling ill just because they are coming for fertility treatment at the age of 40 or above.
Creating a child should be a positive experience, even if it does not take place in the normal way. We strive to provide a homely environment at StorkKlinik. We have small lounges, cushions, rugs and photos of babies. In order to create a homely environment, our treatment rooms are furnished a bit differently with sofas and furniture. This means that you always get a single room and time to rest after your treatment. It also means that you can have a close friend or a family member with you while you’re having treatment.
We know that the environment and the security that the women feel means that many of them come back with their children, because it is important to show the children where they were created — maybe even show them the actual treatment room where they had their treatment and succeeded in becoming pregnant.