Due to the recent announcement that Janet Jackson is pregnant two weeks shy of her 50th birthday, I have been flooded with questions about how women well after age 40 can get pregnant. Although it is common knowledge that age negatively impacts female fertility, many women still don’t grasp just when it is too late to get pregnant.
As someone who spends her day talking to patients about IVF, I find that many people are not excited to find themselves across the table from me. As a fertility specialist, the conversations in my office are never dull, but when a couple is faced with...
After training for 15 years to become a Maternal-Fetal Medicine Specialist, I found myself 34 with no prospects for a long-term relationship and one year away from being the dreaded “advanced maternal age” — that age for a woman when her risk of having a baby with genetic abnormalities (i.e. Down syndrome) starts to increase. As a high-risk obstetrician, I should have realized the significance of that milestone in my life, but I didn’t.
Recent advances in fertility treatment have given women more flexibility and options to plan for motherhood through such popular technology as oocyte cryopreservation (egg freezing) and embryo cryopreservation (embryo freezing).
In Vitro Fertilization, or IVF, is a complex fertility procedure used to treat infertility.