COVID19 Safety Alert

Pregnancy at 48–Natural or Donor Eggs?

Question:

This question is actually about my mother and not me. My mom is 48 years old. She has 2 grown up children but she wants to have another child. She knows that her chances of getting pregnant naturally are extremely remote and she knows that egg donation is her only real option. If she uses donor eggs, what are the odds of success? Also are there any medical reasons that she shouldn’t try to get pregnant? I would describe my mom as a healthy person.

Thank you! M. from the U.K.

Answer:

Hello M. from the U.K.

Your Mom’s only realistic option is to use donor eggs in conjunction with IVF.  Her chances of pregnancy depend on the clinic that she goes to, but it is basically tied to the age of the eggs and not the age of the recipient uterus.  So, yes, your mother could get pregnant with donor eggs and her chances would be very good, especially if the donor is under the age of 35 years old.  In my clinic, that chances is 71% per month of trying.  My oldest donor patient so far was 55 years old and got pregnant on her first attempt using 23 year old donor eggs.

In terms of being pregnant, there are additional risks because of her age such as diabetes, pre-eclampsia, premature delivery and C-section. But these are not definitive risks but relative risks.  If your mother is healthy, she should do fine.

Good Luck,

Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, M.D., FACOG

You Might Also Enjoy...

Tips for Living With Menopause

During the time before you’re permanently finished menstruating, you may have to deal with a range of uncomfortable and potentially life-disrupting symptoms. Here are a few tips to help you manage these symptoms.

What You Should Know Before Considering IVF

Have you tried everything to get pregnant? If you’ve had a thorough evaluation, tried other approaches, and still been unable to conceive, you may want to try in vitro fertilization. In fact, sometimes, IVF is the only viable path to conception.

Is There a Way to Prevent Infertility?

Infertility is a more common problem than you may realize, but it’s often treatable. Both men and women can experience issues that lead to infertility, so if you’re trying to become pregnant and struggling, you should see a professional.

My Pap Smear Was Abnormal - Now What?

A Pap smear, or Pap test, is a screening test recommended for women ages 21-65 to detect early signs of cervical cancer. Abnormal results can be scary, but there are a few things you need to know.

5 Common Myths About Infertility

Infertility can send you on a search for answers. Unfortunately, there are a lot of wrong answers out there. This post sets the record straight regarding five common myths about infertility.

Is Preimplantation Genetic Testing?

Couples who have chosen in vitro fertilization are taking a big step toward becoming parents. Preimplantation genetic testing is an important part of the process and can ensure your embryo is healthy before being transferred to the uterus.