The answer is (and we’re sorry) – it depends! Cut-off points and age caps vary from clinic to clinic and case to case, but one of the big factors is where in the world you’re looking to have IVF. Yes, many women absolutely can have IVF at age 45, and well into their 40s. The question is, where is their go-to?
What’s the maximum age for IVF in the UK?
In the UK, private clinics often cap assisted reproductive technology (ART) at age 43-45, and the NHS cap is usually age 42-43.
Clinics in Europe, however, are increasingly set up to offer IVF and treatment support to women aged 45 and over. Advances in egg donation techniques and cutting-edge, bespoke patient care plans mean that age 45, while an important detail, isn’t a hard stop on the fertility journey.
If you’re prepping and making decisions on IVF over 45, the first thing to set in place is the team supporting you. From your clinic and IVF consultant to any integrated therapies – read up on acupuncture for preconception in your forties, for more tips – having near-to-absolute trust in your team provides an expert support network, and saves that essential aspect – time.
For IVF over age 45, Procriar is a top destination clinic in Europe right now. Read up on their progressive approach, plus our deep-dive chat covering open ID egg donation, for an idea of the Porto-based team’s expertise and patient-first practice.
Making the most of their experience – the team are led by revered reproductive medicine specialist Dr Joana Mesquita Guimarães – we wanted to know,
- IVF over 45 – do clinics offer it and how do we get started?
- can we have IVF over 45 with our own eggs?
- what’s the maximum age for IVF?
- what should we know about success rates?
- any top tips for positive action we can take, right now?
Over to Procriar, for answers, factors to consider and next steps, before continuing your fertility journey.