CYPRUS IVF CLINIC ARTICLES
IVF in Your 40s? – How Age Affects Egg Quality and Fertility
At the age of 20, as a female, you are at the peak of your fertility. Needless to say, the older you get, the quantity and quality of your eggs begin to decline. As a result, age plays a significant role when it comes to using your eggs for a successful pregnancy. Thus, the percentage of chromosomally abnormal eggs starts to increase in your 40s compared to when you were younger. Taking all this into consideration, if you want to conceive at an older age, although you may feel hopeless, thanks to In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) among other advanced treatments, the age factor can be overcome and you may hold your baby in your arms, even at the age of 55.
IVF is a series of procedures that starts with hormone therapy. This first stage aims to stimulate the development of several follicles (eggs) in your ovary so that they can then later be collected and fertilised in-vitro (in a test tube) to create embryos.
After the eggs have been harvested for three to five days in an incubator, the embryos are checked for chromosomal abnormalities and the best ones are then transferred into your uterus through the vagina, to initiate the implantation process and begin a pregnancy.
Although pregnancy success rates decline with age, due to the technology we use at Cyprus IVF Clinic, we can overcome this hurdle and treat women not only in their 40s but also those in their 50s, while maintaining high success rates! Women even in their mid-40s can sometimes have enough quality eggs to proceed to IVF without the need for donor eggs.
This shows us that every case and every treatment can be very different from each other. That is why we show careful attention and examination for each of our patients so that we can tailor the best treatment protocol for them.
Egg Quality, Fertility, and IVF
Ovarian reserve means, the number of eggs remaining in a woman’s ovaries. If you are trying to get pregnant, it may not be so significant to how many eggs you may have. However, if you are going through IVF treatment, egg quantity is directly linked with the response to ovarian stimulation medications. This, on the other hand, is quite important because the more remaining eggs you have, the more eggs we can harvest (and work with) with the IVF cycle. As a result, your chances to get pregnant and give birth to a healthy child increase significantly.
In more detail:
The quality of eggs is strongly linked to the quality of embryos. As females advance in age, chromosomally abnormalities in eggs also begin to increase. Studies show that almost 30% of 30-year-old women’s eggs are chromosomally abnormal. By the age of 40, this percentage increases to 60% and dramatic further increases to 90% by their mid-40s. In other words, 9 out of 10 eggs of women in their mid-40s are abnormal and will lead to an embryo with abnormalities or to a miscarriage.
Fortunately, at Cyprus IVF Clinic, we have the technology and advanced equipment that allows us not only to choose the best embryos from the group but also to test for chromosomal abnormalities before they are transferred back into the uterus.