Alexia Chatziparasidou, Consultant Clinical Embryologist at Embryolab talks to us about the groundbreaking law changes that have given newfound hope to women who thought their dream of parenthood was out of reach
It’s amazing how reproductive technologies have revolutionized the possibilities of motherhood, especially after 40 and early 50s! Thanks to oocyte donation, women of advanced age can now embark on the beautiful journey of pregnancy and experience the joys of parenthood.
Around the world, delayed motherhood has been on the rise, and many women are now seeking parenthood later in life. While conceiving naturally after menopause is highly improbable due to declining fertility, oocyte donation offers a viable solution for those longing to become parents.
Recently, Greece made groundbreaking law changes that have given newfound hope to women who thought their dream of parenthood was out of reach. The age limit for in vitro fertilization (IVF) has been extended up to 54, allowing women around 50 years old to pursue their dreams of having a child. This progressive move has been widely welcomed, as it recognizes that age should not limit the profound bond of raising a child.
While this development sparks debates on medical and ethical aspects, it undoubtedly empowers individuals and couples who are ready for the responsibilities of parenthood. As with any assisted reproductive technology, it’s essential for women considering IVF at this stage in life to consult with medical professionals and undergo thorough evaluations. Safety and well-being are of utmost importance.
Ultimately, Greece’s new law changes reflect a progressive approach to family models and support for those seeking parenthood, regardless of age. This step forward offers hope and fullfilment to many women who have longed to experience the joys of motherhood.
However, we must also acknowledge the considerations and potential risks associated with pregnancy at this stage. Advanced maternal age may come with some challenges, and thorough medical assessments are crucial for ensuring a safe and healthy journey.
In conclusion, oocyte donation has redefined motherhood, breaking the barriers of age and allowing women to embrace the wonders of raising a child. While it may come with its share of challenges, the emotional rewards make it a cherished option for couples who dream of becoming parents. With careful consideration, preparation, and medical guidance, this modern marvel can help create beautiful families and a profound sense of fulfilment for those who choose this path.
Alexia Chatziparasidou, BSc, MSc, PMI-RMP, Consultant Clinical Embryologist, Director of Embryolab Academy, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Fertility Clinic.