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a blog by Ebru Halper, April 23, 2013
According to the CDC, 20 percent of women in the US, today, have their first child after 35. A woman’s age often comes up as the main cause for a couple’s inability to conceive. It’s an acknowledged and socially recognized matter—from our celebrities to our everyday faces of infertility, we are mostly used to seeing women in their late thirties to early forties, coming to terms with their biological clock. Thus, perhaps, it is not surprising that there is an unspoken insensitivity for younger infertility patients.
a blog by Claire, April 13, 2013
Since Halle Berry announced her pregnancy earlier this week, there has been plenty of speculation about whether or not she used fertility treatment to conceive. Some physicians have even voiced their medical opinion regarding potential pregnancy complications due to her age and medical history.
As a woman ages, her ovarian reserve declines making her less inclined to conceive using her own eggs, and at greater risk of miscarriage due to chromosomally abnormal embryos. Many fertility doctors recommend that a woman over the age of 42 turn to egg donation, so it is quite possible that Berry (47) is keeping her use of an egg donor under wraps. Additionally, women over the age of 40 (without an infertility diagnosis) have just 5% chance of conceiving each month. While it isn't impossible for Berry to have conceived naturally, the odds seem to be stacked against her.
a blog by Claire, February 19, 2013
“The Duchess” is pregnant…and we don’t mean Kate Middleton!
Fergie A.K.A. Stacy Ferguson (37) and husband Josh Duhamel (40) are expecting. Ferguson joins the ranks of celebrity moms-to-be over the age of 35. There has been no mention on whether the couple used fertility treatments to conceive, but being over the age of 35 does come with a decline in fertility and increased risk of pregnancy complications. It is often recommended that expecting mothers of advanced maternal age seek medical supervision of a high-risk maternal fetal medicine doctor (MFM).
a blog by Claire, January 23, 2013
The latest news in the Kardashian fertility saga is that Kim Kardashian’s infertility was the result of poor egg quality. The reality star reported in an interview on the Today show last week that she shares the same infertility diagnosis as sister, Khloe Kardashian Odom.
In a September 2012 episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Khloe revealed to her mother, sisters, and cameras that she does not ovulate. Fertility conditions like premature ovarian aging can stop a woman in her 30s from ovulating if she has high levels of Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and her ovarian function is compromised.
Carrie Ann Inaba, judge of the hit show Dancing with the Stars, is ready for parenthood!
In an interview with PEOPLE magazine, Inaba says “I really do want to have a child, so I’m putting my energies toward that”. The recently single celeb has been seeing a fertility doctor over the last few months and is considering in vitro fertilization (IVF) for conceiving her first bundle of joy.
a blog by Claire, August 15, 2012
OK, this is a little hard to explain for those of us who took the least amount of math as possible during college and can't remember a thing about high school …
But evidently there is something called the "Golden Ratio" in math. And if you have a uterus that perfectly proportional, that is in proportions matching the Golden Ratio, you are at your most fertile, according to a doctor in Belgium who decided to study this.
OK, let's back up.
a blog by Claire, July 26, 2012
Back in January, Demographic Intelligence, the Charlottesville, Va., company that produces quarterly birth forecasts pharmaceutical and consumer product companies, announced that The Baby Bust Is Over, and the total fertility rate (TFR) and number of births were rising again.
Well, according to today's headlines, not so much.
Evidently the 20-somethings are still very hesitant to have babies. (We can only imagine why with all that college debt hanging over their heads.) And evidently, this hesitation has caused the U.S. birth rate to drop to its lowest point in 25 years.
a blog by Claire, June 22, 2012
For those of us old enough to remember the bicentennial year 1976, we may also remember the movie Logan's Run, a science fiction movie with Farrah Fawcett about a future society that manages population and consumption of resources by killing everyone who reaches the age of 30. The characters can't lie about their age because they were implanted at birth with a Lifeclock crystal in the palm of their hand, which changes colors as they approach their "Last Day."
Maybe the ticking of the biological clock is not quite so dramatic, but Mira Kaddoura, an artist in Portland, Oregon, has created The Wonder Clock, a stark website in purple and black that is counting down the end of her childbearing years — down to the second. Last we looked, she had 9 years, 6 months, 15 days, 21 hours, 2 minutes, 57 seconds … no, 56 seconds, 55 seconds, 54 seconds … well, you get the point. She also created a wearable piece of art, a belt with six screens, each showing a different unit of time.
a blog by CHR, April 12, 2012
A new study published in the medical journal PLoS One has found that a specific gene preserves a woman’s ability to produce eggs, improving the chance of pregnancy over 40.
I cannot stress enough the negative impact of female aging on reproductive outcomes. Every day that I see patients in the clinic, I discuss the importance of the age-related decline in female fertility. I typically describe this as a case of "cruel biology," because for women, unlike for men, the passage of time is a treacherous adversary in terms of achieving a pregnancy and building a family.
A blog by Ellen Glazer, August 12, 2010
Joyce at 34 is a documentary about a filmmaker, Joyce Chopra, who, together with her husband, decides to have a baby at age 34. There is nothing remarkable about that decision these days, but when the film was made in 1972, it was noteworthy.
a blog by Infertile Naomi, June 24, 2010
Remember the Jennifer Aniston from seven years ago? She played sweet Rachel Green on the hit television show “Friends.” Aniston’s character was a fashion diva who was sometimes on a break from boyfriend Ross and later, ended up pregnant with baby Emma.
by Rachel Gurevich, June 29, 2010
You may have read or heard the news about a 66 year old woman who gave birth to triplets in India. The new mother has never had a child before, and was eager to become a mother.
Meanwhile, Rajo Devi Lohan, the oldest woman to ever give birth, is dying at age 70, just 18 months after having her daughter. The news story said she is dying of complications from her IVF pregnancy, which she has been unable to overcome.
These stories together have my heart and mind churning over when is it too old to have a baby.
And I don’t mean when is it too old for IVF to be successful, or how old can you get pregnant without fertility treatments. I mean simply when -- ethically and morally -- should pregnancy be considered no longer an option.
I’ll be honest with you and say I’m not sure what I believe on this issue. In fact, I’m confused. I argue with myself.
Part I: What Do You Know About Your Biological Clock?
Women have a biological clock. Everyone knows that. The problem is that a lot of the information people think they know about their fertility and reproduction is not true. The blurring of fact, opinion, myth and misunderstanding makes for a treacherous misinformation landscape. The knowledge gap has claimed millions of victims, people who learned about their limited reproductive lifespan too late to help them have the genetically linked offspring they always assumed would be theirs. Armed with essential and accurate information, you don’t have to join their ranks.
What is still not understood across the board is the time line of the biological clock. Most women don’t have a clue about their own.
So, we’re asking the question: What do you know about your fertility? Over the next three days we’ll be learning a lot more about it.
Why older celebrities getting pregnant shouldn't be headline news.
a blog by David Kreiner, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
The Fertility news is constantly highlighted in sensational headlines, the most recent of which was, “49 Year Old Woman Conceives with Own Egg through IVF.” In the past several months, readers have been entertained with “Octomom,” a “Woman Pregnant with a Dozen,” “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” and “a 62 Year Old Mother through IVF,” not to mention the numerous over 45- and sometimes over 50- year old celebrities having babies supposedly with their own eggs.
Reading these “news” stories one may get the impression that fertility is a thriving business bearing little resemblance to the medical specialty of reproductive endocrinology requiring seven years of post-medical school training.
a blog by LaShaundra Seale
Personally having survived the blessing and tortures of IVF, I can totally relate to yearning to cradle a baby in your arms at almost any cost. I say it is a blessing because I was just glad that my husband and I were able to scrape together the funds to undergo the procedure. The torture part, well that comes in with all of the injections and blood-draws. Oh, and let’s not forget the egg retrieval. Oh what a joy! Actually, it really wasn’t that bad because, like thousands of other women, I was ready to do whatever it took to have a baby of my very own.