We have all heard the saying “Your biological clock is ticking” when it comes to your age and your fertility, but are you aware of the speed at which your clock ticks?
Jennifer “Jay” Palumbo, author of the fertility blog “The 2 Week Wait,” recently posted an article to Huffington Post Parents on how women’s biological clocks tick faster than most think.
Palumbo was diagnosed with unexplained fertility, which her doctor attributed to her egg quality. Her egg quality was declining, she was told, due to her “advanced age.” Palumbo was 38 years old at the time. After three in vitro fertilization treatments, she produced only one embryo for transplant into her uterus. But luckily for her, that embryo resulted in a successful pregnancy and the birth of a healthy son.
Although her doctor may have suspected her declining egg quality was related to her age, it is important to understand that your ovaries and eggs may be aging at a slower or faster rate than other women your age. There is no exact age when a sharp decline in fertility kicks in for all women, and currently, it is difficult for doctors to know the exact pace or rate of fertility decline for each woman.
Despite her own success story, Palumbo warns women not to get too hopeful about conceiving a child as their age inches up. “I've received numerous inquiries from women over 45 saying they want to use their own eggs,” she writes. “I'm not at all saying this is impossible….. What I am saying is that the odds of that happening are very low.”
That shot of reality may be useful for women trying to conceive later in life. But age is not the only predictor of IVF success. Many other fertility factors, including your body mass index (BMI), ovarian reserve (Day 3 FSH), semen analysis, and fertility and medical history, need to be analyzed together with your age to get an accurate idea of your personalized chance for IVF success. Univfy IVF Prediction Tests take multiple factors, based on your and your partner’s reproductive profiles, to provide results 1,000 times more accurate than age alone would suggest. In fact, more than 50% of patients were found to have a better chance of having a baby than was estimated by age alone.
So if you’re trying to conceive, there is no need to despair unnecessarily before figuring out your own personalized chances for IVF success. You never know, your chances may be better than you think. Or at any rate, the results of your personalized IVF prediction test can help you make decisions about your fertility treatment with greater knowledge and confidence.
To read Jennifer’s Huffington Post article, click here
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