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Fertility After Fifty?

Fertility After Fifty?

Controversy within the fertility treatment communtiy is erupting after recent news hit that the world’s oldest new mother, Maria del Carmen Bousada, has passed away just 3 years after giving birth to her twin boys.  Bousada was 66 years old when she gave birth to the twins in Spain after lying about her age (saying she was 55) in order to undergo in vitro fertilization.  Her death and subsequent motherless toddlers that she left behind has struck a chord with the media leaving many to question how old is too old to have a baby and whether fertility clinics should have stricter guidelines when conducting in vitro fertilization.

CNN recently reported about a survey conducted a couple of months ago by Babycenter.com that revealed 7 out of 10 moms wanted stricter laws for IVF treatments to be put in place.  Also, half of the respondents felt it was bad for the children if a parent conceived after 45. 

As it stands today, fertility clinics are not mandated to turn someone away just because of their age.  Each case is reviewed individually by fertility specialists, taking into account the woman’s health and background rather than age alone.  Dr. John Jain, physician at the Santa Monica Fertility Clinic, explains how times have changed for women trying to conceive later in life.  He told CNN, "The 40 and 45 year old of today is not the 40 year old of the past; the 50-year old is not the same of the past.  They’re eating healthy.  A woman who is 45 is barely halfway through her life."

Georgia Dardick, who conceived her child with the help of fertility specialists at the age of 51, has felt the guilt from her decision in the past but explains, "The word selfish has come into my mind.  But for any parent, having a child is selfish.  No matter what your age is, once you have that child, you owe that child everything.  I live the best, healthiest life I can."

Do you think there should be stricter laws placed on fertility clinics when treating older women who want to conceive?

Should there be an age limit placed on fertiltiy treatments or should each case be reviewed individually?

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  • daomimi By daomimi
    08.17.09  

    i think there should be some age cut off . come on how will you help the child if you are gone. right. that's selfish and the poor child will be left alone when you promised it that you will stick around. that's not up to you to decide and you shouldn't mess with it.

  • Gilbertma8893 By Gilbertma8893
    08.17.09  

    I think there should be an age cut off at the fertility clinics. Not only it is hard on the mother but there are more risks for a child being born to older mothers.

  • coleman By coleman
    08.18.09  

    I think your body should be your best guide to having kids. If you need help because of your age--your too old!

  • andies By andies
    08.25.09  

    My mother had 10 kids the last one at 45. She is still alive now and gets around pretty well for her age. I think if you're healthy enough to get pregnant you should be allowed to do so. The only being that can decide if a woman can get pregnant is God. If he doesn't intend for it to happen it won't. He made Abraham's wife Sara wait until she was past normal childbearing age before he blessed her with a baby didn't he? All things will be as he intended them to be. Time isn't guaranteed to anyone in this world you live and love like there might not be a tomorrow then you won't have any regrets when your time comes.

  • Turtleks By Turtleks
    08.26.09  

    In response to biogirl2011, I had fertility problems also. I used low strength fertility drugs to get pregnant with my first daughter at 21. After 2 miscarriages i was told to "enjoy" my daughter because i would never have another. I went through the jelousy and envy toward every pregnant woman i met. 10 yrs later i found out i was pregnant with my second daughter. At 34 almost 35 i had another miracle. The question here is not just the extreme age ( most women go through menopause in their early 50's if i understand correctly) If you are still menestrating then by all means use what ever you need to (except something that would cause you to have a litter) to have a child. But if your body has stopped preparing for that event with a period then get the hint that there may be a good reason for it. Good luck to you and may GOD bless you.

  • Turtleks By Turtleks
    08.26.09  

    In response to biogirl2011, I had fertility problems also. I used low strength fertility drugs to get pregnant with my first daughter at 21. 10 yrs later i found out i was pregnant with my second daughter. At 34 almost 35 i had another miracle. The question here is not just the extreme If you are still having a period then by all means use what ever you need to to have a child. But if your body has stopped preparing for that event with a period then get the hint that there may be a good reason for it. Good luck to you and may GOD bless you.

  • Turtleks By Turtleks
    08.26.09  

    Ms. Bousada died from Cancer, she felt that the longevity of her mother (age 101 at death) negated the age argument.

  • MyEmptyCanvas By MyEmptyCanvas
    08.26.09  

    I know some women want to wait till later in life or after their careers settle to have kids, but waiting THAT long, was TOO long for this 66 year old lady (in my opinion) since the "old fashioned way" didn't work & especially since she had to get these treatments.. I am not saying she waited for the reasons I stated, but it would seem to me, that she would've known she wanted kids by at least age 45, so why not sooner? Is my question. Whether there should be rules on the treatments, etc.. ... well, there probably should be, and there are probably people out there trying to get some regulations to pass them, but it probably won't happen anytime this year or the next, as a matter of fact.

  • krystlnickel By krystlnickel
    08.26.09  

    I do believe it should be a case by case decision, along with testiments of the family, I just saw where a 55 year old mother got the procedure but only to carry for her daughter who could not carry any on her own. She was upset by so many adoptions that fell through that her mother offered the idea to her. I have met many of 45 year old that you would swear were in their late twenties early thirties.

  • caseycolette By caseycolette
    08.27.09  

    no women of this age should abort but i think should try NOT to get pregnant bc the baby could be sick- i read a study once that said it is proven women ( sometimes in their 30s) usually 40s and 50s especially have sick kids.

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