There has been a lot of discussion recently about age and infertility, with some claims that it’s not as relevant as we’ve been led to believe. I was interested to see some new research from the University of Aberdeen which makes it very clear just how closely IVF success is linked to age. Interestingly, the research found that although the amount of time that a couple had been trying to get pregnant before treatment is relevant to the outcome, it doesn’t have nearly as much impact as age.
The researchers looked at data for more than 120,000 women, and found that women’s chances of success with IVF start to decline once they reach their mid 30s, but are then sharply reduced from the age of 37. For those who did get pregnant, the changes of having a miscarriage were also considerably higher in women of 38 and above.
You can read more about the research from the team headed by Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya here at www.abdn.ac.uk/news/