How old is too old for fertility treatments?

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1. Age And Fertility

Age and female fertility are so closely intertwined, that it is hard to think about one without the other. Women are all born with their own set number of eggs, and that is the number of eggs that they have for life. Fertility for women in their early twenties starts out very high. This is the time when a woman has all of her eggs left, and all of her best quality eggs left as well. Early twenties is the most fertile time for women.

The-most-dramatic-drop-in-fertility-occurs-around-age-35-and-by-the-time-a-woman-hits-age-40Once women hit age 30, their fertility begins to start to decline. There is a small drop in fertility at age 30, followed by a more dramatic drop in fertility around age 35. The most dramatic drop in fertility occurs around age 35, and by the time a woman hits age 40, the likelihood of getting pregnant with her own eggs and without assisted reproductive techniques is very slim.

New studies actually indicate that somewhere around 90 percent of a woman’s eggs could be gone by age 30, and that possibly only 3 percent of eggs remain by age 40.

2. How Old Is Too Old?

Many women are curious to find out how old is too old for fertility treatments. We already know that by age 40, it is extremely unlikely for a woman to get pregnant naturally using her own eggs. When it comes to age limits for fertility treatments, the answers are not so clear. There are so many different variables in this situation, that it is literally impossible to come up with a one size fits all answer.

Causes Of lose testicleMost of the time, fertility clinics suggest that women under age 43 use their own eggs during IVF, and that women older than that use donor eggs. For women over age 50, IVF or another fertility treatment is usually not considered to be an option.

However, there are so many different cases and different factors that come into play here. Every fertility clinic has different thoughts and guidelines on the matter, and every single case is different. There are stories about a 59 year old woman who was recently the oldest person to ever be offered fertility treatments in the United Kingdom.

3. What To Know

When it comes to age and fertility, there is no one size fits all answer, no easy to see “Cutoff date”. Each case is so different and the guidelines vary so much from clinic to clinic. According to the Centers For Disease Control, women over age 44 are virtually never able to get pregnant using their own eggs, and women who are older don’t often have the best success rates with donor eggs either.

When-it-comes-to-age-and-fertility-there-is-no-one-size-fits-all-answerThe truth of the matter is that most fertility clinics look at many factors beyond just age when it comes to deciding if a couple is a good fit for fertility treatments, and decide each thing on a case by case basis.

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Regina Ledoux, RN, CNM

Ms. Ledoux began her career as an ObGyn nurse practitioner prior to becoming a practicing midwife in the Santa Cruz community. Working together with ObGyn physicians in her own practice, she has over 20 years experience in women's health, pregnancy and childbirth.