Infertility is a growing concern in women. It is common for couples taking guidance from doctors for fertility treatment to start a family. However, there still exist several queries related to IVF that are unknown to many
With news of older women undergoing IVF treatments, there is a need for understanding the right age to have this treatment. The safe age for women to undergo an IVF Treatment is later 20’s to up to 42 or 45 years if the woman is going for fertilisation. It is always better for women to go for IVF treatment as early as possible as increasing age has a direct relation with falling results.
Several problems lead to Infertility in humans but which can be done away with IVF. The underlying issues can be poor quality of eggs and sperms, blocked fallopian tubes, ovulation disorders, endometriosis, lack of sperm mobility, inherited the problem of mother or father, uterine fibroids, increased age of the expecting mother, abnormally shaped sperms, etc.
IVF Success Rate
The success rate of IVF is around 60% worldwide. The increasing innovation in the technologies and expertise is levelling up the success rate all over the world.
Limitations of IVF In Older Age Groups
Postmenopause, the women’s body does not have eggs, which necessitates that she would require donor eggs for fertilisation. Also, the lining of uterus gets thin, which requires that her body is sufficed with artificial hormones.
It can be dangerous to carry down all of these processes effectively as it can be complicated for the health of the mother, and the success is very contingent. Adding to this, becoming a mother at such an age is very difficult as the mother’s old age will never be able to support and manage the baby when he/she needs her most, i.e. in their growing years.
It is very unsafe for the health of the expecting mother and the health of the baby. The quantity of blood rises in the body, which can lead to varicose veins and abnormal blood supply in the body. Not only this, the expecting mother can experience trauma and disturbance while delivering the baby as the bones and muscles are not flexible enough at an older age.
Following are the possible health risks associated with IVF in older age:
- The threats of miscarriage and stillbirth are more significant in older women. This is so because the biological cycle of the women is disrupted with increasing age.
- There is a greater chance of women experiencing multiple pregnancies occurs more often in older women. As the ovaries age, they have a greater probability of releasing more than one egg each month.
- The child is likely to have greater congenital disabilities with problems in proper growth and development, heart, respiration and a lot more.
- There is a greater risk of a failed IVF because a woman’s fertility years start from late teens and go up till the late ’20s. As soon as she hots 30 years, fertility starts to drop. The increase in age has a direct relation with increasing age and even starts falling rapidly.
Following precautions should be taken while taking IVF treatment:
- It is essential for women undergoing IVF to establish a healthy attitude and lifestyle. They must quit habits like drinking and smoking, consume nutritious food, restrict the consumption of coffee, must exercise and even have a proper sleep routine.
- Must not indulge herself in stressful activities that can be a pain. The expecting mother must be at peace, calm and composure. She must keep herself involved in activities like meditation, yoga and other activities that she finds pleasure in.
- The mother should take her vitamins seriously as prescribed by the doctor. Medicines can substantially help in improving the fertility levels of the person, and it is essential to eat them religiously, as suggested.
- It is also suggested not to drive or ride or travel anywhere by road. Long travels and road journeys can be physically stressful, and it is vital to take proper rest during this phase and not physically overtire yourself. Along with this, the roads can be bumpy, which could be taxying.
With inputs from Dr Rita Bakshi, Senior Gynaecologist and IVF Expert, International Fertility Centre
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