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Can IVF Treatments Reverse a Woman's Biological Clock?

NPR,  June 28, 2012

Modern reproductive technologies can give older women the same chances of having a baby as younger women, researchers reported Wednesday. The new study found that women age 31 and younger have about a 60 percent to 75 percent chance of having a baby after three IVF cycles. The chances drop to about 20 percent to 30 percent for women ages 41 or 42, and to about just 5 percent to 10 percent for those age 43 or older. But that's for women who are trying to get pregnant using their own eggs. The chances improve dramatically for a woman over 40 if she switches to using eggs donated by a younger woman, the researchers found. That essentially gives them the same chances they would have had in their 20s.

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