Women having babies in their 40's and beyond has been one of the most important societal transformations in recent decades. Statistically the number of women in this category has increased significantly while the birth rate has declined for other age categories. And this trend shows no sign of slowing as women in greater numbers continue to pursue higher education and careers while delaying marriage and childbirth.
Many women, however, mistakenly believe that if they look and feel good that their ovaries have correspondingly not aged. It does not help that Hollywood perpetuates this myth with endless publicity about how beautiful, fit stars have had babies "naturally" in their mid and late 40's without admitting they may have needed assistance. Fortunately assisted reproductive medicine is providing opportunities for getting pregnant for those who decide it is better late than never and want to fast track their dream of motherhood.
So what are the options available to midlife women who don't want to give up their dreams of motherhood? What are their chances of conceiving both naturally and with treatment using their own eggs? When should they turn to third party options like egg donation and/or surrogacy? For younger women, is egg freezing a viable path?
Dr. Cardone had the opportunity to appear on The Fertility Forum Radio Show on Monday, December 5 to answer these questions and others. He and host Phyllis Martin, M.Ed, LPC, had a lively discussion about the many pathways to motherhood for women in this age group. Dr. Cardone talked about diagnostic tests available to better pinpoint whether a woman will be able to move forward successfully with treatment with her own eggs as well as if and when she should pursue egg donation and/or surrogacy.
Listen to the entire interview by downloading the MP3.
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Thu, December 8, 2011
by Terri D. filed under