Gestation after 40
It is more and more frequent to see couples who reach their 40s wishing to start a family. This is due to women's increasing involvement in the workplace, thus meaning postponing the age for having a first child. There are also more and more couples getting together after separations wishing to have a child together.
Although, at this age it is not impossible to become pregnant naturally, the truth is that from 37 onwards, fertility progressively drops due to both the deterioration of oocyte quality and the reduction in the ovarian reserve, that is why there is a greater rate of chromosomal alteration and a great number of miscarriages.
However, uterine receptivity is not affected at the same level, and with a hormonal supplement a pregnancy can be perfectly possible.
It is very important for CREA to evaluate the general health of the woman who wants to become pregnant and to council her on the best treatment. For some patients a Fecundation In Vitro can be performed with their own oocytes, whereas others with ovarian failure, will have to resort to the use of oocytes from a young, healthy donor who will provide good quality ovules.
The age limit at CREA for attempting to achieve a pregnancy is decided on by considering each individual case after careful study and by looking for the best possibilities of success, but above all, underlining the mother's health as well as that of the future child.