Janet Jackson officially acknowledged her first pregnancy Wednesday at age 50. More women are holding off pregnancy until 35 or older, so we had some questions about the risks involved in getting pregnant at “advanced maternal age.”
IVF has actually become more efficient over recent years, with the development of newer and better lab conditions. Exciting research developments exploring genes and DNA have yielded a perfect collaboration between IVF centers and genetics experts. With these advances, Dr. Jones’ long-standing goal of “one embryo, one healthy baby” is now a reality. This advice can be embraced because we are able to learn more about the chromosome health of embryos through pre-implantation genetic screening, or PGS.
Over the next several days, I started having some pregnancy symptoms, but then they quickly went away. I knew something wasn’t right. Sure enough, I started my period just shy of 6 weeks. My “wonderful” didn’t last very long.
Technology is rapidly advancing, particularly in the field of reproductive medicine. Unfortunately, while IVF and PGT are amazing advancements in fertility treatments, they are not a guarantee, especially in women over the age of 40. Time is the most precious commodity a woman desiring fertility possesses.
A follicle is a sac filled with fluid in which an immature egg develops. Follicles are located in the ovaries. When a follicle grows to an ideal size, ovulation occurs, which results in the rupture of a follicle and the release of an egg from the ovary.