Today's news story about the oldest woman pregnant with quadruplets is contributing to the miseducation of women about their fertility that we so often see in the media. Here's why : 1. News outlets are calling what she did "inseminations" using donor egg and donor sperm. It isn't possible to inseminate a woman with eggs from a donor and sperm from a donor in order to produce a pregnancy. The only way to help someone get pregnant with an egg and sperm from donors is to create an embryo first through the process of IVF = in vitro fertilization. 2. Don't worry, we aren't going to see a trend of 60 year olds in the US carrying a pregnancy. If you're an American woman interested in pregnancy over age 50, there are ways you can do it. Most docs will recommend using a gestational carrier and transferring 1 embryo at a time. Women in the US and even in Europe (why she went overseas) will have a hard time finding a local doc to help them achieve pregnancy over the age of 50 with their own uterus. 3. There is a misunderstanding out there that having functioning ovaries is necessary to carry a pregnancy if a...
Information on my blog does not = legal/medical advice. I like to post articles that I think may help my patients. I fill out my patient's FMLA paperwork without hesitation. IVF is stressful and some patients need time off for appointments and some patients need more time than others to recover from bad news and procedures. This recently published online article discusses issues fertility patients may face when dealing with trying to use FMLA to cover IVF + infertility related appointments. Hope this helps.
Did you know that the first IVF cycle was actually performed in rabbits in the year 1891! Here's an excerpt from the online article: "In 1891, Walter Heape (1855-1929), a professor and physician at the University of Cambridge, England, who had been conducting research on reproduction in numerous animal species, reported the first known case of embryo transplantation. Working with two species of rabbits, he flushed embryos from the oviducts (rabbit fallopian tubes) of one breed (Angora) and placed them into the uterus of a recently mated Belgian hare. In the resulting litter, there were 4 Belgians and 2 Angoras. Heape proved that it was possible to take preimplantation embryos and transfer them to a gestational carrier without affecting their development."
This TIME article brings up a subject I talk to my patients about all the time: the fact that they may never be grandparents because of the age at which they are starting parenthood. But this is the thing, there are SO many benefits to being an older parent. The benefits of having children at an older age are the wisdom, maturity and patience that come with being older. If my patients choosing parenthood over the age of 40 considered themselves old, they wouldn't step through my office doors in the first place. They are young, healthy, energetic and make wonderful parents. This TIME article brings up something that is so real for many of my patients but the benefits of being an older parent far outweigh worrying about whether you'll be a grandparent yourself one day. I could be biased :) Read the TIME article here: The Grandparent Deficit: Fertility isn't the Only Biological Clock and listen to the NPR interview here: NPR