published Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

ASK A DOCTOR

Q: I'm in my early 40s and want to get pregnant. What advice would you give me?

A: Approximately 70 percent of 40-year-old women will be infertile, meaning they will not get pregnant again. With every passing month, the chances of pregnancy decrease. So, first, don't delay in seeking advice from your ob/gyn or consult a reproductive endocrinologist, especially if you aren't pregnant in six months of not using birth control. If you don't menstruate regularly, see someone immedi-ately. Second, if you smoke, quit. Third, a few hormones and vitamins, may improve egg quality, including DHEA (75 mg) and CoEnzyme Q-10 (20-200 mg) daily. If you are on blood thinners, check with your doctor before starting CoEnzyme Q-10.

-- Dr. Ringland S.

Murray Jr., Tennessee

Reproductive Medicine; member, Chattanooga-Hamilton County

Medical Society

Readers: To submit a question for a medical doctor, e-mail it to Clint Cooper at ccooper@timesfreepress.com. See this space each week for answers.

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