I got pregnant naturally right before my 44th birthday, and had a healthy pregnancy and have a beautiful son.

It was 2 months after a failed IVF [Invitro Fertilization] cycle, so maybe the drugs were still in my system, but probably not.

 I just turned 47 years old, and am trying for a second naturally.

 My RE [Reproductive Endocrinologist] is pretty known in this field and has published a lot on the topic of DHEA [dehydroepiandrosterone].

He is based in NYC, and has a lot of older clientele.

His protocol is to take 25mg three times a day of micronized DHEA and 1000 mg of Co-Q 10 daily (I split it up into 3 times a day as well so it is easier on my stomach.)

 He said that he has had many patients in their 40s get pregnant (either through IVF or spontaneous pregnancy), and the DHEA (a testosterone precursor) helps older eggs revitalize like recharging a battery that wasn’t used for a while.

He recommends this protocol, along with a prenatal vitamin and folic acid to do for three months prior to a scheduled IVF.

He said he wanted to see my testosterone levels over 60 (they lower as we age).

Good luck and if you take the DHEA make sure to have your bloods monitored.

~*~ Maddie


TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock, by Cara Birrittieri. Publisher: Career Press (May 26, 2009)-
What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock
by Cara Birrittieri

-- Until now, there has been little practical advice on what women can do about ticking biological clocks.

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Biological Clock is the first book to explore a woman's reproductive life span completely, from beginning to end.

Based on Cara Birrittieri's own experience of running up against a slowing biological clock, she shows women for the first time how to tell what time it is with a simple blood test that gives them a peek at the state of their ovaries.

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Image: Nibblin' on da nose!, by Juhan Sonin, on Flickr
I know of quite a few stories of healthy children born when their mothers were 45+ years old, but all were after natural pregnancies.

My local clinic has told me that there have been NO published reports in the medical literature of IVF successes at 46 or older.

Yet several of you who participated in Dr. Zhang's call mentioned the Kato Ladies' Clinic in Japan, with their 7-8 live births annually to women 45-47.

Were these fresh transfers?

I tried to search for a website (in English) with info about the clinic, but was unsuccessful. Anyone have more information?

Also, I'm wondering about a previous post -- is there any possibility you might be able to find out more about the 46-year-old mom whom you met recently at your clinic?

(ie. whether this was a fresh transfer, and if so, what kind of protocol?)

If it's true that no reports have been published, re: IVF success at 46, then I'd assume your clinic will write up this case study.

Updated by Rachel Schatten: Dr Zhang’s clinic did a successful IVF for a 47, 48 and also 49 year old.  Also the Center for Human Reproduction did two at 48 years old as well. 

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock, by Cara Birrittieri. Publisher: Career Press (May 26, 2009)-
What Every Woman Should Know About Fertility and Her Biological Clock
by Cara Birrittieri

-- Until now, there has been little practical advice on what women can do about ticking biological clocks.

What Every Woman Should Know About Her Biological Clock is the first book to explore a woman's reproductive life span completely, from beginning to end.

Based on Cara Birrittieri's own experience of running up against a slowing biological clock, she shows women for the first time how to tell what time it is with a simple blood test that gives them a peek at the state of their ovaries.

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Image: David and Jessica - 4 days old, by Jessica Merz, on Flickr
I wanted to tell you about my cousin.

She had never had a baby.

Then - at 45 years old - she got pregnant.

She delivered a healthy baby girl - at 46 years old - naturally.

Don't give up.

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Image: Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%, by Lifang Liang. Publisher: Blue Poppy Press (August 2003)-
Acupuncture and IVF: Increase IVF Success by 40-60%
by Lifang Liang

-- The information in this book can increase your success rate with in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) by as much as 60%.

Research has shown that acupuncture alone can increase the success rate of IVF by 35%. By also adding Chinese herbal medicine, it is Dr. Lifang Liangs experience that you can almost double that increase.

In this book, Dr. Liang describes her extremely successful step-by-step protocols for combining acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine with IVF.

Whether you are a Western MD specializing in infertility, a Chinese medical practitioner, or a couple experiencing difficulties in conceiving, this book is sure to give you new hope and a new approach to dealing with this all too common and difficult condition.

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How about that new post I just saw on the over 40 pregnancy forum....

She wrote: Just got married...wasn't TTA [trying to avoid]...

Just took prenatal vitamins and after the second month I found myself pregnant at 45 years old...

Well, I almost fell out of my chair.

These posts do exist!

My friend Mary, who is brilliant by the way, and born when her mom was 45 years old, would love to hear that it can't happen!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Pregnant, by Robert A. Greene M.D. and Laurie Tarkan. Publisher: Three Rivers Press (April 29, 2008)-Perfect Hormone Balance for Fertility: The Ultimate Guide to Getting Pregnant
by Robert A. Greene M.D. and Laurie Tarkan

-- You have more than one hundred hormones circulating in your body – reproductive hormones, pregnancy hormones, sex hormones, metabolic hormones, and stress hormones – relaying messages from tissue to tissue, organ to organ, brain to body, and body to brain.

An equilibrium, a perfect balance in both partners, often determines your ability to conceive and support a pregnancy.

When your body is imbalanced, conception becomes very difficult. Luckily, hormonal imbalances can be corrected.

Drawing on the latest research in this field – which links underlying hormonal issues with infertility in men and women – Dr. Robert Greene, fertility specialist, ob/gyn, and reproductive endocrinologist, has created the Perfect Balance Fertility Program to help patients attain the optimal hormonal health that is necessary for conception.

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I'm 32 years old, and although that's not old I know I'm still hearing the ticking in my ears!

My aunt had her first baby, naturally at 45 years old, so we have a few years yet I'm sure!

I think the worst part for me - is that I'm finding TTC [trying to conceive] so consuming.

I think about it 24/7, and I'm not sure I can keep it up for much longer.

I don't want it to become my life.

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Image: Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle, by Rachel Dratch. Publisher: Gotham; 1st ed., 1st Ptg edition (March 29, 2012)-
Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
by Rachel Dratch

-- Her career at a low point, Rachel Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish - and dating. After all, what did a forty-something single woman living in New York have to lose?

Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.

Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad.

With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.

Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch's time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar is a refreshing version of the happily ever after story that proves female comics - like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler - are truly having their moment.

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Image: Souvenir from Hawaiian vacation. Photo credit: Dixie Prosser on freeimages.
Pregnancy and fertility in older women - This article discusses the case of a 54-year old woman who stopped taking oral contraceptives at age 52 on the advice of her doctor.

A regular cycle developed but after a few months amenorrhoea occurred lasting 3 months, followed by a period of about 4 months with irregular bleeding.

At first she believed the menopause had taken place but she developed morning sickness and tightness in the breasts and presented to her gynaecologist with the belief that she was pregnant.

It was a molar pregnancy.

Statistics on pregnancy in women older than 50 are sketchy and only about 1 birth in 75,000 occurs to women in that age group.

Source

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Image: My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood, by Gilda Dangot Simpkin (Author). Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing (August 29, 2017)-My Baby Chase: Our Roller Coaster Ride from Infertility to Parenthood
by Gilda Dangot Simpkin

-- This is the heart-wrenching tale of our convoluted 10-year quest to have a family, from the serious, and sometimes hilarious side of fertility treatments, through two harrowing international adoptions. Our journey is filled with so many cliff hangers it reads more like a suspense tale than reality.

As you come along for our wild ride you will be clutching this book praying we don't get derailed again.

Our story of determination and tenacity will give hope to anyone facing a difficult life journey.

Let my story motivate you to attain your dreams!

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Image: Sleeping baby - 10 days old, by Jessica Merz, on Flickr
I just found out I am pregnant.

I am 43 years old... I just found out I am pregnant.

I will be 44 years old when I have this baby.

I have three kids - 24 years old, 22 years old, and 8 years old.

This was NOT at all planned.



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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility), by Michael Saunders. Publisher: Nell James Publishers (May 6, 2011)-Test Tubes and Testosterone (Male Infertility)
by Michael Saunders

-- What do you need to make a baby? A willing partner? A good sense of timing?

Some wine maybe? A nice meal and some amorous music? Not always.

There are times when all the romance (and luck) just simply will not do.

In those times, what you need is a specimen pot, a heap of drugs, so many ultra-sound scans that your wife or partner begins to glow in the dark and an unfeasibly large amount of tea.

Providing a rare yet enlightening male perspective on the world of IVF, Test tubes and testosterone is one man's experience of infertility and the IVF journey he embarked on with his wife in order to start a family.

Told with humour, wit and insight, this book sheds light on issues that can be hard to discuss even with the closest of friends or relatives, making it a valuable book for anyone contemplating or going through IVF.

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Image: Silent scream. Photo credit: Shune I was visiting an old site I used to frequent when I read a post by a mother of 11 children.

She was approaching 50, and missed her period for a few months.

She thought it was menopause, and found out she was 5 months pregnant.

That's what I want to happen to me!

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: Infertility: Help, Hope, and Healing, by Kerstin Daynes. Publisher: Cedar Fort Inc (February 8, 2010)-Infertility: Help, Hope, and Healing
by Kerstin Daynes

-- After five years of tests, Kerstin Daynes had her worst fear confirmed: she was infertile.

In this honest and reassuring handbook, Kerstin shares her own personal experiences facing infertility and offers insights that will help couples to heal emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally, and socially.

Using timeless concepts and introducing unique perspectives, Kerstin gently and empathetically walks the reader through this life-changing process as she shows couples how to make their lives productive while facing their situation.

Infertility: Help, Hope, and Healing gives couples a quick reference that can be used repeatedly as they experience the ups and downs of grieving.

Even with physical infertility, life can still be fertile, fruitful, and filled with hope.

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Image: A lady smiles on a whale watching trip, Reykjavík, Iceland. Photo credit: Silvia Cosimini on freeimagesThere is a woman on another board who is 44 years old, and just got her first BFP [Big Fat Positive - positive pregnancy test] after having done two IVFs [in vitro fertilization] .

She worked with SIRM [Sher Institutes for Reproductive Medicine] in Las Vegas (Dr. Sher) .

I believe she did not do low stims, but she did take a steroid, which I believe was key in her case.

Just a hunch I have... that I don't have the time to go into right now...

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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Image: So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope, by Tertia Loebenberg Albertyn. Publisher: Porcupine Press trading under DGR Writing + Research; 2nd edition edition (January 27, 2009)-So Close: Infertile and Addicted to Hope
by Tertia Loebenberg Albertyn

-- Meet, marry and make a baby: That's how it's supposed to go, right? What happens when you start trying for a family ... and trying, and trying some more?

How far do you go to achieve your dream of having children?

So Close is the heart wrenching, exhilarating, devastatingly funny story of Tertia Albertyn's battle with infertility. Tertia wanted a baby so badly she went through nine IVFs.

Most people give up after the third. I don't think I am being brave at all. I am just too terrified NOT to try again.

In her worst nightmare she could never have imagined that making a baby would take her four years, each treatment bringing her and her husband Marko closer and closer to creating their family.

During Tertia's journey everything that can go wrong does go wrong.

Until, finally, everything goes just right.

Tertia is as hilarious as she is irrepressible, as approachable as she is knowledgeable.

If you are struggling with infertility, have triumphed over infertility or have felt empathy with someone who is going through this experience, you will find a friend in Tertia.

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