“Society has profoundly changed and evolved. But the same cannot be said of our reproductive system, which in fact marks the beginning of the decline of the female fertility curve at age 35. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the possibility to conceive spontaneously at the age of 40 is equal to 5% at each cycle, provided that the woman ovulates regularly and the man has a sufficient seminal quality “. This was stated by Daniela Galliano, gynecologist and reproductive medicine specialist, director of the Ivi Center in Rome, specialized in assisted fertilization.
With increasing age of the woman, explains Galliano, “the risks during pregnancy increase, not only for the mother, but also for the child. For the mother there is a greater risk of gestational diabetes and hypertension associated with pregnancy, which can be treated. The risk of caesarean delivery and premature birth is also higher, as well as the risk of abortion in the first trimester from the age of 35. One cannot ignore the fact that the impact of a pregnancy on the body of an over 40 can be tolerated with more difficulty than a woman of 20 or 30 years “. But there are also the advantages of becoming a mother when she is older. Starting “from a better emotional development of the child, an economically more stable environment and, consequently, greater chances of guaranteeing a good education”, says the expert.
“Often women who want a child at this age make a well-considered decision, the result of long reflections. This can make them more prepared, both psychologically and physically. In any case, pregnancy at any age is a positive change. which brings joy, enthusiasm and vitality “, comments Galliano. Over the age of 43, however, “the chances of carrying out a pregnancy with one’s own eggs are very low, so it is often recommended to use the eggs of a donor. In general, assisted fertilization treatments are however not recommended in women with multiple 50 years old, even if still potentially fertile: beyond this age limit, in fact, risks and complications could arise that should not be underestimated for both the child and the future mother “, adds the gynecologist.
“Today science – recalls the gynecologist – comes to our aid in order not to have to give up the dream of parenthood and, through new technologies available and available studies such as preimplantation genetic diagnosis which detects the presence of any genetic anomalies, it is possible to shorten the timing linked to attempts at conception, reducing abortions and avoiding the transfer of abnormal embryos “. Assisted medical procreation includes a series of techniques aimed at achieving pregnancy.
“It is no longer necessary to go abroad to carry out assisted reproduction paths with us, in our clinics we have the same quality standards, technology and the most advanced techniques that distinguish Ivi in the world – concludes Daniela Galliano – Reproductive medicine helps to reduce minimize the risks associated with late pregnancies. We know that time, affecting fertility, negatively affects the chances of parenthood. Undergoing assisted reproduction treatment is an urgent need for many people who cannot afford to postpone their project to have a child: this is why we are happy to facilitate the journey of our patients as much as possible, so that their dream is not postponed “.
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