At the age of 43, I came in a bit late to the baby making process. I, as with many New York women, was a workaholic for 20 years, and the timing never seemed right to begin having a family. I began the IVF process at a larger NY institution and did two rounds of IVF trying with my own eggs. I had no problem producing eggs, but the quality was never good. On the verge of trying a 3rd round of IVF at the same institution, the protocol was going to be the same, so my gut told me not to continue there. A friend at the wonderful RESOLVE Support Group suggested I try New Hope because of the Mini-IVF™ (customized minimal stimulation IVF protocol) process they do.
The idea of obtaining fewer eggs but with better quality was what I needed. On the 2nd Mini-IVF™ cycle we did at NHFC, we also bought 6 donor eggs and fertilized my eggs and donor eggs all at the same time (with my husband’s sperm). Only 1 of my eggs made it to blastocyst and 4 of the donor eggs did as well. We got all 5 PGD tested (thankfully), and came to find out my egg quality was still not good. 2 of the 4 donor embryos were good and 2 were not. So we transferred a 7 day blastocyst which didn’t work, and then transferred the remaining 5 day blast which did work. I’m a very practical person, and I had my bout of sadness that I would never use my DNA to make a baby, but at the end of the day you realize you just want a healthy baby and this was my way of obtaining one. As of January 2014 we have a beautiful healthy baby boy, and I look forward to doing another donor transfer in the near future at New Hope Fertility Center. For women over 40, I highly recommend New Hope Fertility Center for the kind of individualized care that they can provide.
New Trend Toward Delaying Motherhood
Women are increasingly delaying motherhood into their late 30s and early 40s. According to recent studies, placing women between the ages of 38 and 42 on the fast-track to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) treatment is the best plan for achieving a successful pregnancy.
IVF as a First-Time Treatment Option
Most women are waiting to plan their family later in life because they are more secure in their career and finances than their 20-something counterparts. Time is of the essence. Moving quickly past traditional first-line treatment options – such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) – and going straight to IVF has been proven to increase an older woman’s chances of conceiving faster.
Recent IVF Research on Older Moms
In the case of older couples – between 38 and 42 – with unexplained infertility, a recent study favored going straight to IVF treatment.
- IVF is the most cost-efficient treatment
- IVF results in fewer treatment cycles
- IVF results in less multiple pregnancies
- IVF results in higher live birth rates
Celebrated Mini-IVF™ Care Team
It is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized Mini-IVF™ treatment plan meeting your specific personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the world renowned fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility NYC, click the icon below – or – call 917.525.5496.