As more women reach career goals, we are now seeing a significant increase in fertility treatment for women over 40 who are now ready for a family.
According to recent figures, IVF treatments have increased over 500 percent for UK women in their forties.
The biggest increase in fertility treatment was ages 47 to 48, showing eight times more IVF treatments than other age ranges.
The Center for Human Reproduction in New York said that their pregnancy rates with IVF for women over age 44 doubled from 2010 to 2011.
“This pregnancy rate for women 44-49 is almost unbelievable, considering that patients at these ages, at most other IVF centers in the world, are no longer even given the chance of pregnancy with use of their own eggs, and usually advised to use donor eggs,” David H. Barad, MD, Director of Clinical ART at CHR, told the Center for Human Reproduction in New York.
“These results reflect our center’s fight for every egg and every embryo in older women seeking fertility treatment, based on the accumulated results of very active, decade-long research in how to successfully treat ‘older’ ovaries.”
However, others caution against getting hopes up for women in these age ranges actually giving birth to a child.
“Just 12 per cent of women aged 40 to 42 who have IVF using their own eggs end up with a baby, and only 1.5 per cent of those aged 45 and above,” reports UK’s Daily Mail.
IVF, or in vitro fertilization, was originally referred to as “test tube babies.”
IVF combines an egg and a sperm outside of the body in a laboratory setting to form embryos. The embryos are then implanted into the uterus.