One of the major concerns around childbirth is age, and at some point, every mother asks; what age is just right to give birth? Or when can I get pregnant? This is often followed by another, more serious question; what age is too old? Unfortunately, it is a concern of many women all over the globe and has caused significant worry for a long time. Since the introduction of IVF treatment things are changing, and perhaps looking brighter. Traditionally women may have been encouraged to give birth well before the age of 40, but thanks to developments in IVF that widow of time may be getting wider. Join us in this article as we examine some enlightening stories that shed light on this common concern.
Already in 2019, there is good news from others who have undergone IVF all over the world. Perhaps one of the most interesting involves a 52-year-old woman in India who gave birth to triplets only recently through the IVF process. Unable to conceive for many years, this woman turned to IVF at an age that most would have given up on having children. Doctors stated that it was thanks to the excellent state of the embryos involved in the process that she succeeded so massively, and furthermore added that her age was less important than the quality of embryos when it came to the procedure in general. Doctors also admitted that triplets are a rare thing in this scenario, but remain convinced of the success.
Another story to reach us this year comes from the celebrity and businesswoman Jenna Jameson in the USA. At the age of 43, she was also able to give birth through IVF. Like the woman from India, she wanted to take charge of her fertility, and after worries about infertility and the correct time to get pregnant, she turned to IVF. She claims that the process was something she had to endure but was ultimately pleased with the results. In addition, she was able to get her body back into shape very quickly after birth. She describes herself as an IVF warrior.
So does age still matter? According to these two stories, not so much. Whilst it is true that special considerations apply for older patients, IVF has proven itself several times to be reliable in this scenario. If you are considering IVF at an older age, please consult your doctor for specific advice. Modern medicine seems to be offering new opportunities in all fields, and IVF is no exception.
With this in mind, it must also be said that women over the age of 40 have a significantly decreased chance of success in IVF when using their own eggs – approximately 3-5% success according to our research. It is therefore recommended to use donor eggs in most cases for patients over the age of 40, due to the decline in egg production after age 30. A balanced approach and wide-ranging research is key to understanding the IVF processes that are going to serve you best.
This is a collaborative guest post from Gynem.