More evidence of the need for egg donation at 44+

It is not new news that women of 44 and above are unlikely to be able to achieve a full term pregnancy without the help of donor eggs but it was good to hear Adam Balen, current Chair of the British Fertility Society saying so on the Today programme this morning.  He also helpfully drew attention to celebrity pregnancies that would appear to buck the trend but are most likely to be with the help of an unacknowledged egg donor.  The latest evidence for female fertility declining sharply in the early forties comes from a large study of Spanish women presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology’s (ESHRE) meeting in Lisbon this week.  You can read the Guardian’s take on this here http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/17/women-ivf-birth-donor-eggs and Kate Brian’s blog on the same topic here http://fertilitymatters.org.uk/fertility-treatment-2/new-advice-to-women-of-44-and-over-doing-ivf/

Me, I’m off to Brittany for a week on Sunday so unless there is something dramatic to write about before then, I’ll be back at the computer on 29th June.

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About oliviasview

Co-founder and now Practice Consultant at Donor Conception Network. Mother to two donor conceived adults and a son conceived without help in my first marriage.
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3 Responses to More evidence of the need for egg donation at 44+

  1. m says:

    Well I would not say there is a need for egg donation. But your point was that women need to know the celebrities they see having their first babies at 45 are in fact not having their own babies but someone else’s. Truth is nothing has changed in a million years it’s still people with healthy reproductive systems who do the reproducing.

  2. gsmwc02 says:

    From the people I’ve connected with in the infertility community I’m seeing many women in their 30’s (even early 30’s) turning to egg donation. The myth is that infertility is mainly caused by people who wait too long to have kids but the reality is infertility is becoming more common in younger couples. I just wish this was the message that the media and society promoted more.

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