What are the success rates of IVF over 45, using your own eggs?
“Women over the age of 45 have lower chances of getting pregnant from IVF treatment and achieving a live birth (the ultimate aim of IVF treatment). We need to also understand that the older the patient is, the greater chance of risks in pregnancy.
Nevertheless, we know that the risks associated with fertility treatment for patients in their 40s or older are very similar if they are following a treatment with egg donation. That means the risk lies in the pregnancy itself.
High blood pressure, low sugar problems, miscarriage, and the genetic condition of the baby are problems that occur in patients over 45 using their own eggs, not with egg donation.
How can I improve my egg quality after 45 years old?
The genetic quality of embryos is already established, which means it’s not possible to change the embryos produced by women with their own eggs after 40. Some studies say we might boost those eggs metabolically so that they have a better answer after the stimulation cycle. The stimulation protocol that we use makes them more likely to be able to produce a healthy embryo. But there’s not much that we can do to change or improve that egg quality (either after 30, 35, 40 or older..).”
So is IVF worth it at 45?
“That’s a decision the patient must make. She must consider the likelihood and the possible fertility treatments that are available for her. It’s a personal decision. There are no restrictions imposed by the fertility clinic. As a fertility expert, I ensure female patients understand that the likelihood of getting pregnant via IVF in their 40s is not high.”
And is IVF safe at 50?
“The Spanish society of fertility doesn’t recommend having any fertility treatment after a woman is 50 years old (including IVF or using egg donation). That’s why, in my personal practice, I don’t consider it’s something we should do. Nevertheless, I don’t have the last word in this kind of case. When we meet a patient in her fifties wanting to have a child, we discuss it in our fertility clinic’s ethical committee and we make a decision altogether and then discuss this with the patient.”