IVF for women with 40+

How to increase your chances for success?

How healthy are my eggs?

Most women are acutely aware that female fertility decreases with age. However, it can be very confusing to see celebrities in their 40s and even 50s getting pregnant, seemingly with ease! The reality is that many women over 43 who get pregnant are doing it with intensive fertility treatment or egg donation.

No matter how healthy we keep our minds and bodies as women, we have limited control of our fertility. The main reason for the decline in female fertility with age is a reduction in the quantity and quality of a woman’s eggs over time.

Through women reproductive lifetime, only 400 eggs will be ovulated or released from the ovaries. By the time she reaches menopause, fewer than 1000 eggs will remain in the ovaries, and pregnancy will no longer be possible.

Along with egg quantity, egg quality also diminishes with time. One aspect of quality that declines is the genetic normality of the eggs. By age 40, over 50% of a woman’s eggs have acquired abnormalities in the chromosomes that carry genetic information. Another issue is that eggs contain cellular organs called mitochondria, which are crucial for generating energy.

As eggs age, the number of healthy mitochondria they contain also decreases. With the quality of eggs declining, even if a woman is ovulating every month, her eggs might not be healthy enough to lead to a successful pregnancy.

We understand that there are a lot of other agencies and clinics who will say anything to satisfy potential IVF clients, but we’ve decided to voice the truth. Statistics can be a lie, especially if we do not like them, and that is no different from the conversation regarding IVF success.  

The facts are that the success rate of IVF on women at thirty years old is 48%. This drops to 22% at forty, to 12% at forty-three, down to 7% at forty-five, and is only at 4% at the age of forty-seven

How can I become Mum?

If your decision after reading your chances of success of this procedure is that you want to try IVF with your own eggs, let us turn to the ways IVF treatment with Link4MED and how can we increase your chances of becoming a mother after forty, and specifically how clinic specialists can increase them. 

Once you’ve contacted Link4MED, and tests show that you still have a good supply of eggs, IVF treatment should be accompanied by preimplantation genetic screening or preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy of embryos (PGS or PGT-A), which covers the following:

  • Selection and transfer into the uterus of embryos that do not have chromosomal pathologies;
  • Reducing the risk of having a child with certain genetic defects;
  • Reducing the risk of miscarriage by half;
  • Eliminating the risks with multiple births;
  • Increasing the chances of successful embryo transfer by 10%;
  • Increase the chances of safe delivery by 15-20%.

Keep in mind that infertility treatment only comes after a consultation with a doctor, an ultrasound scan and a blood test for an anti-Muller hormone (AMH – antimuller hormone), which will show a reserve of eggs in your ovaries.

But what if your eggs are no longer healthy, or contain genetic abnormalities?