Answer from: James Nicopoullos, MD
It’s not too old but I think it’s very very important to quantify risk. Whether you’re using your eggs or whether you’re using donor eggs or whether you’re using eggs that you froze for yourself a few years before. All the risks in terms of preterm labor, placental problems, growth problems with baby, blood pressure problems because of the impact of age and the risk of diabetes in pregnancy etc do go up as you get a little bit older. I think it’s very hard to have an absolute cutoff especially for somebody you perhaps have had a baby before and may have frozen embryos left over, for example, so our recommendation is always when you’re approaching 50 – definitely above 50, that you really need to have a review with an obstetric physician who will look at your overall health and try and quantify those risks for you and having done that, you can make an informed choice. It’s definitely not an absolute no but I think it’s important to be aware of the risks and have a plan in place for your pregnancy if you are going to.
How fertile is a 50 year old woman?
Chances for spontaneous pregnancy and live-birth over the age of 45 are down to almost zero. If we are planning to postpone parenthood there are a few things we should think of ahead of time.
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