Unfair. ”They don’t help. But infertile women are desperate. They will do anything to get a baby. It is not fair,” said Hans, as reported by the Daily Mail UK. According to Hans, the only way a woman over 42 could have a chance at getting pregnant is if they were to use donor eggs from women still in their 20s or 30s.
Donor eggs. In doing so, it increases a woman’s success rate to 20 and even 30 percent, reports the Daily Mail UK. Unfortunately, making this decision isn’t as easy as it sounds because there are a lot of things to take into consideration, like the fact that the child wouldn’t be biologically related to the mother should they chose to go the route of the donor eggs.
Risks. At around 35, a woman’s fertility starts to decline, meaning it becomes harder and harder for her to conceive. Even if they do get pregnant, they are more at risk for a miscarriage or giving birth to a baby with defects, premature babies, or stillborn babies, among the many other risks.
Success. At 35, women still have a 31 percent success rate, while just seven years later, that percentage drops to five. Expert Susan Seenan however, says that an age cap on women who are allowed IVF treatments isn’t the answer.
Ban. She explains that although these women have a “vanishingly small’ chance of conceiving, “everyone is different” and “a blanket ban on treating women over 42 would disregard an individual’s personal medical circumstances,” reports the Daily Mail UK.
Second opinion. As of right now, there are still no regulations set in place. The only thing you can do to keep yourself safe is to get second opinions from other doctors if you feel like one doctor in particular is pushing you towards getting the procedure done.
You. Did you know that women over 42 have such a small chance of conceiving on their own? Have you ever known someone to undergo IVF over that age? Share your experiences with us!