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Career women: Counting on IVF after 40? Think again

Posted on Monday, May 30, 2016

An Australian study came out with success rates for women over 40, using their own fresh (that is, not frozen from years before) eggs. The figures are shocking:
 

The latest, Australian-only numbers given to Four Corners by the industry show the chance of a live delivery for initiated cycles by all age groups for the year 2013.

The numbers for women older than 40, who are trying to collect and fertilise their own eggs, are extremely low.

The average Australian woman aged 41-42 years old has a 5.8 per cent chance of having a live birth per initiated cycle.

If you're 43-44 years old, you have a 2.7 per cent chance of having a live birth per initiated cycle.

And if you are over 45, you have a 1.1 per cent chance of having a live birth per initiated cycle — which is almost a 99 per cent chance of failure every time.

If you are a twenty-something planning to "have it all," using IVF after 40 if necessary, I beg you to think again. You are being sold a bill of goods. 

 


 
 
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