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Can women get pregnant at 46 years old?

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It is possible, though rare, for a woman to become pregnant naturally after age 45, according to the Baby Center Medical Advisory Board. A woman's egg supply decreases dramatically by age 40, and any remaining eggs are more likely to have issues that can result in miscarriage or birth defects.

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Julia Johnson, chair of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility department at the University of Massachusetts, reports that fertility plummets for women in their 40s. Even a couple of years marks a huge drop in the likelihood of pregnancy after age 40. According to fertility expert James Goldfarb, using a donor egg raises the chance of pregnancy considerably.

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