LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- For the past several weeks, the Reproductive Fertility Center offices have been bombarded with phone calls inquiring about Janet Jackson and how she was able to get pregnant, even though she is over 50 years old.
"While we cannot disclose specific information about any of our patients in particular, due to HIPPA compliance, in general there are several ways a woman 50 years or older can get pregnant," says Dr. Peyman Saadat, Medical Director of the West Hollywood-area Reproductive Fertility Center.
1) The first way is through natural pregnancy. The chance of this happening in a woman over the age of 50 is extremely rare. Statistics show an actual rate of less than a 1 in 1000.
2) In vitro fertilization (IVF) for a patient over the age of 50, using her own eggs. Again the chance of this happening is very unlikely.
3) An IVF cycle, using an egg donor. An egg donor is usually a healthy woman under the age of 30. The egg donor will undergo IVF treatment, and her eggs will then be given to the intended mother for the purpose of achieving pregnancy.
a) The egg donor alternative has a very high rate of success, and very low rate of congenital complications, such as Down Syndrome or other anomalies, since the eggs are harvested from a healthy young donor.
b) The women receiving the eggs will undergo a comprehensive evaluation of her heart and lungs, numerous blood tests and other diagnostic testing, to insure it is safe for her to undergo treatment, and to safely carry a baby to term.
c) Although there are complications that are more common in women who become pregnant after 40, these complications are usually managed well by the patient and her physician. These complications include a higher chance of pregnancy induced hypertension and diabetes and increased risks of c-section and operative delivery.
4) Pregnancy can also be achieved at age 50 or older if the woman has frozen her eggs at a younger age, preferably at age 30 or under, as the quality of a woman's eggs starts to decrease around age 30.
When patients call the Reproductive Fertility Center with questions, the office usually recommends the following: if you are young, and not ready to have children, freeze your eggs. If you are past the age when good quality eggs are produced, consider using eggs from a young egg donor for a higher chance of a healthy and successful pregnancy. Above all, before becoming pregnant, make sure your doctor evaluates your health to insure you are a good candidate to become pregnant using one of the above methods.
Remember, we are here to help. Call 310.278.7590 and let Dr. Peyman Saadat and RFC support and assist you to become the parent you are meant to be. Visit www.reproductivefertility.com.
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