Age is one of the most important factors in evaluating a woman’s fertility. As a woman ages, she naturally becomes less fertile. This is due to a number of factors including changes in hormone levels and a declining egg quality. Women are best equipped to become pregnant before age 35. While it is possible to become pregnant after this point, it can be significantly more difficult. This trend also holds true during fertility treatment.
Age and Its Relation to IVF Success
Egg quality is a key factor in determining the success of IVF treatment. Because a woman is born with all of the eggs she will ever have, her eggs age along with her. After age 35 the quality of a woman’s egg reserves begins to steadily decline. Her eggs will have more chromosomal abnormalities and may be difficult to fertilize. Both of these issues can have a direct impact on IVF success rates.
IVF for Women Over 35
The decline in egg quality does not mean that women over 35 cannot do IVF. In fact, women are increasingly choosing to wait and start their families until they’ve achieved other goals. This means that a growing number of women are having children later. Fertility treatments can directly address a number of the issues resulting from a woman’s age. In addition to stabilizing hormone levels, there are tests available to screen embryos for genetic diseases prior to transfer. This step can significantly improve pregnancy and live birth rates because only healthy embryos are used. Furthermore, advancements in the field of reproductive technology have allowed for the introduction of more holistic treatment options that are better suited for older women. Minimal stimulation IVF and natural cycle IVF protocols build upon a woman’s natural fertility in order to achieve success.
For individualized information on your age and its relation to IVF success, contact the team at New Hope Fertility Center. Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank you.