Pregnancy Over Age 35 – What are The Risks?

These days many women decide to have children at an older age. In 1970 the average age for a first-time mum was 21, while in 2008 it had risen to 25. The number of babies born over the age of 35 is also rising. Right now about 1 in 10 children are born to women over 35. Unfortunately, ferility rates begin to decline at age 30. This means that the older a woman is, the harder it may be for her to become pregnant. Usually it is recommended to undergo infertility evaluation after a year of fruitlessly trying for a child. But if you are 35 or older you shouldn’t wait a whole year. Get an evaluation after 6 months or even less if you suspect that something may not be right .

The Risks

While getting pregnant over age 35 is probably the biggest obstacle you will face, there may also be other difficulties. Older women are more likely to have pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or premature birth. Unfortunately with age also rises the risk of miscarrage or an ectopic pregnancy. While the chances are still low, the risk of having a stillborn baby doubles once you reach 35 years of age, and is five times as likely once you are over 40. Sadly, if you become pregnant over 35 you also face a higher risk of conceiving a baby with a genetic disorder. For example, at age 25 the chance of having a baby with Down syndrome is about 1 in 1,250. As you reach age 40, the risk is 1 in 100. You may take diagnostic tests, but unfortunately they might increase the risk of miscarriage. The most popular tests are chorionic villus sampling (CVS) at 9 to 11 weeks or an amniocentesis at 15 to 16 weeks. With CVS miscarriage risks tend to be higher.

Solution – Conception Treatments

Even if you lead a healthy lifestyle, if you are 35 or more it may still be hard for you to get pregnant. You might want to consider assisted conception treatments. One of the most popular is IVF. Even if you have a low egg count or your eggs are not good quality, you can undergo IVF with donor eggs from a younger woman. Oocyte donation significantly increases the chances of conceiving. IVF also brings another advantage. You can undergo PGD-NGS, which stands for Preimplantation Getentis Diagnosis with next-generation sequencing. This method makes it possible to test all 24 chromosmes simultanesously with unprecedented accuracy.

The patient is administered only the embryos free from abnormalities, which greatly increases the chance of having a healthy baby. Although IVF is thought to be very expensive, there are ways of significantly decreasing the costs. Instead of undergoing treatment in the UK or USA, you can travel to european countries which offer IVF at affordable prices. Amongst the most popular destinations for cheap in vitro treatment are Poland, the Czech Republic and Spain. If you think you might be interested in IVF abroad, why not check on www.invitro24.co.uk for more information about cheap in vitro treatment.

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About Ferland Manuel

Dr, Manuel Ferland is health care specialist,