An interesting analysis of last week’s My Fertility Crisis story appeared on Discover’s blog late last week.
Bringing to light the fact that it is difficult to find charts concerning the probability of pregnancy by age on the internet, biochemistry and biologist specialist Razib Khan took the time to compile information provided through literature and pregnancy calculators to create a few visualizations on the subject.
At New Hope Fertility Center, we understand how difficult it can be interpreting pregnancy data and success rates, which is why we can appreciate the analysis that follows. As you will find, reliable data in this area is hard to come by when you take into consideration the varying methods fertility care centers use across the globe. With customized care and more options in how one approaches their fertility options; however, New Hope has been able to see promising success rates in both areas of conventional IVF and the more challenging cases that are approached through the use of groundbreaking methods like Mini-IVF™ and Natural Cycle IVF for older women. We also encourage egg freezing and donor programs, which are supported below.
Khan’s first chart shows a decline in fertility as women age. Not surprisingly, there is a steady downward slope indicating the difficulty of conceiving for healthy aging women attempting to get pregnant over a year period. Going further, Khan explains why he doesn’t “buy” Finn’s argument that the media fails to portray IVF failure stories. Khan believes the true issue in gathering data on assisted reproductive technology (ART) and pregnancy lies in the fact that “there is a tendency not to focus too much on the fact that many IVF successes for women in their 40s are due to donor eggs” (source: Discover).
Khan’s third chart displays data pulled from the 2005 CDC ART report, showing that success rates for IVF are higher in older women using donor eggs compared to women undergoing IVF with their own eggs. The author adds an important point concerning egg freezing, stating that although the cost for egg donor programs are high, the prices are undoubtedly comparable to that of a new car, and “far less than a home.” Having a healthy baby, on the other hand, should hold more weight for those wishing to conceive using IVF.
You can see the full story here.