Timing is everything

New study says women should freeze eggs by 35, have kids by 38

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A technician opens a vessel containing women's frozen egg cells. LEX VAN LIESHOUT/AFP/Getty Images

 

A new study found that women’s chances of giving birth decrease significantly once they turn 38, suggesting that women should start families earlier and freeze their eggs by 35. The study analyzed nearly 4,200 women between ages 38 and 44 who underwent 5,841 IVF cycles. Lead researcher Dr. Marta Devesa said that while women should freeze their own eggs, women older than 44 should not use their own eggs in IVF treatment, as the “prognosis is really futile” after that point. “Women should be encouraged to have families earlier but if you can’t change society then we should encourage them to freeze their eggs by 35,” Devesa said. Fertility experts said the study showed that women need to be better informed about fertility and warned that women could have been misled by good news stories about celebrities. “While you hear lots of good news stories about celebrities who may have given birth at an older age, nobody knows the number of celebrities who may not have been able to have babies, either because of infertility or possibly even having had fertility treatment that has been unsuccessful.” said Professor Adam Balen, the chairman of the British Fertility Society and a consultant in Leeds.

Read the full story at The Independent.

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