Age matters for conceiving a child, especially for women who are planning for IVF. A process of fertilization where the sperm and egg will be fertilized outside the body, in vitro under aseptic lab conditions. The fertilized egg will be transferred to the uterus for implantation.
Infertility can be due to various reasons, from lifestyle choices to health issues and much more. IVF is one of the most successful treatments for infertility. A woman’s age plays a significant role in conceiving a baby and for IVF treatment.
What is the right age for IVF treatment?
There could be various reasons why women think about IVF and choose even when they are in their 40s. Block in fallopian tubes, failure in other infertility treatments, tumor or fibroids, irregular ovulation, endometriosis, and problems with sperm count can all become the reason for couples to choose IVF.
The quality and quantity of eggs reduce as a women’s age progresses. Not all the eggs will mature as it might have chromosomal abnormalities or genetic problems, and with age, it is a challenge to have viable eggs or healthy eggs. This could happen earlier for some women than in others. Women who experience premature menopause or who have undergone chemotherapy treatment will have issues to develop a healthy egg, or their eggs will fail to mature.
Women in their 20s and 30s would have the most successful rates of IVF treatment because of the viability of eggs. The reproductive organs of both male and female matters as it is subjected to a natural lapse with growing age. Androgens (male hormone) increases follicle growth and ensures that these follicles do not die. The absence or reduction of androgens will affect progressing eggs to a mature stage when they produce and release an egg.
As women grow older, the risk of having a miscarriage is higher. With age, there will be changes in the way cells develop. Sometimes the cells could divide abnormally and will cause some genetic issues or abnormalities. Certain children are born with down syndrome, and the reason for such genetic abnormality occurs with the age of women.
Women who conceive after the age of 40 might have serious issues such as:
- Gestational diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Premature delivery
- Down syndrome
- Low birth weight
- Chances for cesarean delivery will be high
- Problems related to placenta
Sometimes being healthy won’t be counted, as the age of a woman makes a huge difference, and age-related infertility may not slow down. Beyond 40 & 45, the risk would be higher if a woman has conceived. At Kare Centre, doctors provide the best help for women in terms of IVF treatment to help the couple achieve their dream to have a baby even at the age of 40.
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