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Viable pregnancies at 45-46, some 48-49, the oldest at 51

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, February 02, 2007 | 0 comments

Wanted to share some interesting things I heard from my RE [Reproductive Endocrynologist] when I consulted with him the other day. I asked him if he had seen any viable pregnancies in the 45+ age group.

He said "yes", several at ages 45-46, some at 48-49 and the oldest was 51! All of these pregnancies occurred on "natural" cycles with or without Estinyl and with/without "low dose stim boosts".

He feels that successful pregnancy in the 45+ age group is possible (although infrequent - he readily admits, though, that it's hard to REALLY know the statistics since most women in that age group aren't TTC) and more likely to occur through more natural, low tech methods than the high tech stuff, like IVF.

He actually encouraged me, as long as I'm still ovulating, to continue TTC naturally (with Estinyl for elevated FSH [Follicle Stimulating Hormone] and low dose stims)... He said, "you might get lucky!" I felt somewhat encouraged by that and wanted to share the information.


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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