How Do Women Get Pregnant at Age 50?
on Jan 29, 2014
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
With the onset of medical reproductive technologies such as IVF, more and more women are getting pregnant when they didn't think they would otherwise be able to. This has enabled women to get pregnant at older ages, later in life.
With the onset of medical reproductive technologies such as IVF, more and more women are getting pregnant when they didn’t think they would otherwise be able to. This has enabled women to get pregnant at older ages, later in life. So, what about women who are age 50 or older? Can these women get pregnant? What are the chances and how successful is pregnancy after age 50? Read on to find out more. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
For the majority of women who get pregnant over age 50, they use donated eggs from much younger women, and the eggs are implanted using IVF. This can, believe it or not, allow women who have already passed menopause to carry a baby and give birth just like a younger woman. So, since this is so rare, how are the women who give birth this way? Are they at a higher risk?
A new study of women who get pregnant at age 50+ are actually not at too much of a greater risk than younger women! A recent study of 101 women who were older than 50 and had children using donated eggs found that these women were really not at a much greater risk than their younger counterparts. This has been the largest study of it’s kind done particularly with older women.
“These women do really pretty well,” said Dr. Mark Sauer, senior author of the article and chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at Columbia University Medical Center, where all the women in the study received IVF. “If they’re well-screened and well cared for, they really should do O.K.,” Sauer said. This is great news for older women who wish to become pregnant using donated eggs. While there might be a slight increase in the risk of gestational hypertension, that risk was extremely slight. This is a huge study with lots of really great news for older moms, and it shows that while getting pregnant after age 50 is hard, carrying a baby to term and having a healthy delivery is not that hard after all. Doctors say that this is because the ovaries change over time, but the uterus does not usually change much at all over time.
The important thing to remember is that not every woman over 50 will be able to get pregnant using this method. Donor eggs and IVF are very expensive and they are out of the price range of many couples. There are many things to consider if you are over 50 and want to get pregnant, including the finances of the situation, your overall health, and having a family support system to help with the hard parts of raising a child at an older age. However, it can be done, and this study goes a long way to reassure older moms that there is nothing to be afraid of.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.