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Infertility Due to Advanced Age

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When it comes to pregnancy, advanced maternal age is typically defined as a woman who is age 35 or older at the time of delivery. Once a woman is age 35 or older, her chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy baby with an uncomplicated pregnancy decrease each year.

Infertility due to advanced age is often caused by the changes in quantity or quality of a woman’s eggs. When a female is born, she has a certain number of eggs. Over time, there are fewer eggs and the quality of eggs almost diminishes. This leads to trouble getting pregnant as well as an increased incidence of miscarriage.

If you are age 35 or older and have been having regular, unprotected sexual intercourse for at least six months, your doctor may diagnose you with infertility due to advanced age.

Why Choose UHealth?

A comprehensive approach to fertility. Our closely-knit team of experienced professionals – including female and male fertility specialists, acupuncturists, and physicians with special expertise in polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders, endometriosis, and hormonal imbalances – work together to ensure the health of you and your baby.

High pregnancy rates. We have some of the highest pregnancy rates in not only South Florida, but in the entire United States. Our success stories include even the most challenging cases.

Personalized attention to help you take control of your health. Faculty members at the Miller School of Medicine, a nationally recognized institution, currently conduct nearly 2,000 research projects in science and clinical care in a variety of fields. Our emphasis on research and innovation ensures you receive the most sophisticated diagnostic tests and advanced fertility treatments available.

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Treatments

  • In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF)

    IVF refers to the creation of embryos in a laboratory setting by placing sperm and eggs in a culture dish, and then transferring them to the uterus.

  • Low-Dose Stimulation IVF (Natural IVF)

    In some cases, you may be a candidate to undergo non-stimulated or low-dose stimulation IVF, which is an alternative to traditional IVF cycles that require a larger dose of medication.

  • Assisted Hatching*

    Assisted hatching is a procedure performed in certain cases on embryos before implantation to enhance the potential of the embryo to establish pregnancy. It is a laboratory procedure that involves the creation of an artificial opening in the zona pellucida (the glycoprotein coating or “shell” surrounding the embryo), allowing it to “hatch” or break out from the zona pellucida so it can successfully attach itself to the uterine lining. Assisted hatching is only used in specific instances including a thick zona pellucida or prior multiple IVF failures. In these cases, assisted hatching can improve the rate of embryo implantation and successful pregnancy.

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)

    IUI, also known as artificial insemination – is a simple, lower cost fertility treatment that can be highly effective, especially when combined with fertility drugs, such as Clomid or injectable FSH medication. This procedure works by identifying the most motile (quality) sperm from a semen sample. Prepared sperm are placed directly into the uterus through a thin catheter (tube), bypassing the cervix. 

  • IUI is used when a semen analysis shows the male partner is sub-fertile, if they have ejaculatory problems, or when the woman has decreased or absent cervical mucus. This procedure can be performed with donor sperm in the absence of a partner or if the man is infertile. IUI is an in-office procedure.

  • Acupuncture

    Acupuncture has been used to help patients with fertility disorders such as elevated follicle stimulating hormone, repeated pregnancy loss, unexplained infertility, spasmed tubes, luteal phase defect, and PCOS. Acupuncture can be a wonderful treatment used alongside the amazing technology available in reproductive medicine today, increasing pregnancy success rates by an astonishing measure. In addition, acupuncture can benefit patients with endometriosis , pelvic pain, and overactive bladder.


Tests

  • Physical Examination

    A complete physical examination (including a Pap smear and testing for infection) will be necessary.

  • Medical and Sexual History 

    Your doctor evaluates all possible physical causes of infertility and if sexual intercourse has been appropriately timed.

  • Hormone Testing

    Hormone testing may be recommended, as certain hormones increase and decrease in production at various times.

  • Ovulation Evaluation

    If your doctor suspects you are not ovulating regularly, you may need to undergo a specialized evaluation that checks your body temperature and ovulation – known as the basal body temperature chart. Another method of predicting and analyzing ovulation is with urine samples.

    *This procedure is considered experimental by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network. Please contact your insurance provider for details regarding your specific fertility benefits.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care