At The Center for Assisted Reproduction, our primary goal is to help patients have happy, healthy children. Countless patients throughout the greater Dallas and Fort Worth area have been helped by our team of fertility specialists. One of the most popular fertility treatments is in vitro fertilization (IVF), an excellent option for addressing male and female infertility. With this in mind, the age of the patient can make a major difference when it comes to candidacy for treatment, particularly for women.
Health Is Always a Primary Concern
The primary reason that the age of the woman undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) matters so much is health and wellness. This applies to the woman herself as well as the child who would be born through IVF. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to experience complications during pregnancy that may affect the well-being of the baby.
Most fertility clinics will have an upper age limit on IVF patients, usually around the early-to-mid 40s. Age is just one factor to consider when it comes to IVF candidacy, of course, so it is possible for women who are in their late 30s to be dissuaded from undergoing IVF due to their age and other health matters.
Success Rates By Age Group
We previously looked at the success rates of in vitro fertilization (IVF) on this blog. To recap, The Society for Reproductive Medicine showed the following numbers in 2009 for IVF success rates by age:
- Women younger than 35 experienced a pregnancy rate of 47.6% and a live birth rate of 41.4%
- Women between the ages of 35 and 37 experienced a pregnancy rate of 38.9% and a live birth rate of 31.7%
- Women between the ages of 38 to 40 experienced a pregnancy rate of 30.1% and a live birth rate of 22.3%
- Women between the ages of 41 and 42 experienced a pregnancy rate of 20.5% and a live birth rate of 12.6%
It should be noted that while the success rates for women under 35 are good, the pregnancy and live birth rates are even higher when the statistics are focused on women in their early 30s and in their 20s.
Viability of Eggs Is Affected By Age
One of the reasons for the changes in the success rate with age is that the viability and health of the eggs can be affected by the aging process. Women who are younger tend to have eggs that are healthier, more viable, and freer from potential issues than women who are more advanced in age.
Younger Patients Are More Likely to Carry Children to Term
In addition to the viability of the eggs, younger women in general tend to experience pregnancies that are less problematic or freer from complications than women who are older. The possibility of premature birth or miscarriage is higher in older women, for instance, as a natural fact of the aging process.
Thankfully there are solutions to consider for women who are of an advanced age who still wish to have a child of their own through in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Egg Donation and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
If a woman has issues with the health and viability of her eggs, one option to consider is going to an egg donor. Egg donors are women who provide eggs to fertility clinics so that couples can begin families of their own. Full details are provided with regard to the profile of the egg donor.
Surrogate Carriers and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
If the eggs are not an issue but rather the suitability of a patient to carry a child to term on her own, the patient can look to a surrogate carrier. A surrogate carrier is a woman who will carry a child to term for a couple that is unable to do so on their own for fear of complications. These matters can be arranged and discussed in greater detail at the practice.
Learn More About In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)
If you would like to learn more about in vitro fertilization (IVF) and how it can help you start the family you have always wanted, be sure to contact our fertility clinic today. The entire team at The Center for Assisted Reproduction will help you make the best fertility treatment choices given your situation.