A recent article published in medical journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online has revealed that two US women have become pregnant aged 47 using their own eggs
New York’s Centre for Human Reproduction have revealed the two pregnancies, with both women just weeks away from their 48th birthdays.
One woman went full term and delivered a healthy baby, while sadly the second woman miscarried.
The pregnancies were part of a three-year study of women over the age of 42 who got pregnant during that period, according to The Digital Journal.
The authors of the study, who included Norbert Gleicher, Vitaly Kushner, Sarah Damon, David Albertini and David Barad, asked the question: What level of IVF pregnancy success is currently possible in women of extremely advanced age?
The study took place between 2014 and 2016 and looked at women in three cycles and whether they conceived aged 43 or over, with their age widely seen as the ultimate barrier to IVF conception.
The authors said though the results were small and preliminary, it demonstrates the potential outcomes are better than widely perceived.
The report states: “While pregnancy and live birth rates remain significantly inferior to donor egg recipient cycles, for selected women at very advanced ages, especially with higher egg/embryo numbers, autologous oocyte IVF offers a better option than widely acknowledged, if they are given individualised age-specific care.”
Dr Gleicher told the Digital Journal: “”It has been slow progress, but it is very rewarding that in the year in which we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first IVF birth, we now practically have reached age 48.”
In recent months older celebrities have been criticised for not being open about their fertility and experts believe they are giving women false hope when it comes to getting pregnant over the age of 43.
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