First, let’s ease your mind. Technically, there is not a specific age limit on fertility treatment, but a good rule of thumb is to simply seek an assessment of your fertility if you perceive any difficulties in achieving your fertility goals.  Female fertility is known to decline slowly until the age of 35. After the age of 35, female fertility begins to decline more rapidly. While men throughout their lives continue to produce sperm, women are born with their total amount of eggs and do not create more eggs throughout their lifetime. This is the concept underlying ovarian reserve. Through the use of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and elective egg freezing, women are able to conceive and successfully deliver babies even after the natural limitations imparted by age and menopause. And our team of New York City fertility specialists is here to help you realize that parenthood can still be in your future.

More and more, couples and individuals are choosing to delay parenthood to focus on relationship building, education,  and careers before taking on the responsibility of a child. According to the CDC, the ages of women giving birth has steadily increased over the past twenty years. In fact, between 1997 and 2015, the births to women over the age of fifty have quadrupled in the U.S. There are certainly advantages to older parenthood such as the wealth and wisdom that time often brings.  Yet, there are also distinct challenges with conceiving when the female partner is over the age of 35 such as lower quality eggs. The quality of your eggs may reduce chances for success for women and couples trying on their own to get pregnant.

In addition to her age, a woman’s chances for successfully conceiving via a fertility treatment such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the issue that holds back success potential is both egg quality and egg quantity. However, during the process, egg quantity at least can usually be predicted by measuring certain hormone levels on the third day of her menstrual cycle. Elevations in Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and estradiol are associated with lower egg reserve and overall lower success rates with IVF at all fertility centers.  Egg quality, which equates to egg chromosomal normalcy, is impossible to assess before starting any treatment, but in general, the younger you are, the better the odds of acquiring healthy eggs to work with.

Many infertility clinics will either recommend or actually mandate an upper age limit of approximately 45 for proceeding with an IVF treatment using one’s “own eggs”.  However, donor eggs are commonly used until about age 49, although, some programs will still do it after age 50 in exceptional circumstances in exceptionally healthy women. It’s best to consult with your fertility specialist about your health and reproductive wellness as soon as possible to know your unique treatment needs.

It is our honor to be able to help you reach your dreams of creating or adding to your family now or in the future. Women who are not currently ready to become pregnant, but want to maintain their ability to become pregnant at a later time have the ability to pursue elective egg freezing.  If you are planning to delay pregnancy until a later time or are over the age of 35, the fertility experts at SHER Fertility Institute in New York City can assist you in becoming pregnant when the time is right for you. Request your appointment today!