Due to technological advances, the average age of women giving birth has risen. In fact, women in their 50s and 60s are now having babies.
Some people may be asking themselves the question “how is this possible?”. The short answer to this question is medical intervention. With the use of IVF and fertility drugs, more women are experiencing pregnancy after 50.
What is IVF and How Does it Work?
IVF is when a doctor takes an egg and fertilizes it in a lab. The resulting embryo is then placed in a woman with the hopes that it will take. If the IVF cycle is successful, the woman will be pregnant.
Younger women are often able to use their own eggs. However, this is not the case for women over 50. As most of these women have gone through menopause, they will need to use a donor egg.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Pregnancy After 50?
The subject of older parents has become a hotly debated topic in the US. Some are for it while other vehemently oppose women over a certain age having children. Each side of this argument has valid points. Women should consider these before they decide to go ahead with IVF.
Listed below are the advantages of getting pregnant after 50.
– Women who were unable to find the right partner or have decided to have a baby alone will be able to have a child.
– Not all women over the age of 50 have health issues. Doctors believe that women who are well-screened and have good medical guidance will have healthy pregnancies.
– The mother of the child is likely to be well-educated and have an established career. This will make it easier for her to care for her child financially.
– While older women may have difficulty producing an egg, they should not have trouble carrying a pregnancy.
– If donor eggs are used, the chances of getting pregnant are 50%.
The drawbacks of pregnancy after 50 include the use of donor eggs. Only 5% of women over 50 are able to use their own eggs. The rest are reluctant to use donor eggs. This can lead to emotional distress when the woman’s eggs do not result in a pregnancy.
Women should be aware that some IVF clinics will refuse to impregnate women over 50 or 55. The cut-off age will vary from clinic to clinic. Women can easily get around this problem by shopping around.
The biggest obstacle older mothers will face is public perception. Many people disapprove of older parents as they believe that they will not be able to take care of their children. This is incorrect as 50 year old have an expected lifespan of over 80.
Older women who want to have a child should assess issues such as medical problems, risk of illnesses, financial issues and public perception before they decide to get pregnant. Those who still want to try to get pregnant should consult a fertility clinic.