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.
I recently had an Instagram Live session with Kristin Bauer of “The Bauer Farmhouse”. As two women who conceived through IVF, we addressed many commonly asked questions. Some links for your reference if you are contemplating or getting ready to start IVF are located here!
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.