Hope For New Life In Late 40s
It is common knowledge that the chance for a 40-something woman to conceive through IVF is very slim. You will never know that you have that chance until you have undergo a pre-IVF assessment with your fertility specialist.
Lina, a 46-year old Malaysian woman decided to have a baby and sought initial In-vitro-fertilisation (IVF) treatment in a several fertility centers.
However, she could not found a suitable doctor to suit her need.
She was aware that her chances of conceiving using her own eggs were very low. There was a possibility that she may not even have healthy eggs or no egg to be harvested and fertilised. However, she was positive and decided to give a try. After further research, she manage to find an IVF centre in Klang.
Journey To Reach Motherhood
In an IVF procedure, three things must be present before the procedure can be carried out: a sperm, a healthy uterus to contain the embryo and an ovary that still produces eggs.
The IVF cycle will then be carried out in five steps. First, hormones are injected into the woman over a period of nine days to increase the number of eggs produced. After that, the eggs will be harvested, fertilised and cultured to become embryos in the IVF laboratory.
These embryos will then be transferred into the uterine cavity of the woman. After the embryo transfer, the patient is given medications to ensure that the endometrial lining remains healthy and conducive for the embryo to implant itself on it. If everything progress well, we will see a pregnancy signs in three weeks.
Lina was fortunate in all these five steps. Her doctor managed to harvest one healthy egg from her ovaries, and fertilised successfully. Two days later the embryo was transferred into her womb. She was confirmed to be pregnant three weeks later! Bravo!
Love And Care Paid Off
The chance of miscarriages from IVF is higher at 20% in comparison to a natural conception. Lina faced an even higher risk because of her age. She knew this will be her last chance to have a child of her own and so she took all precautions and measures to ensure a smooth pregnancy.
During this pregnancy, she had regular frequent follow-ups with her obstetrician who did series of ultrasound scans and blood screening tests. Her baby was healthy and was growing well.
She was mentally strong and positive throughout her nine months of pregnancy and thanks to the support she received from her doctors and nurses. She knew that high anxiety will affect the implantation of the embryo and growth of her baby.
She finally delivered a healthy baby in 2014. Now, her baby is five years old and brings smile and sunshine to her mother's life.
There Is Hope For A Baby In Your 40s
Lina's story of a successful IVF pregnancy using her own eggs at the age of 46 years is one of very few in the world. Generally, most doctors do not carry out IVF for women in their late 40s because the chance of conceiving is extremely low.
According to her fertility specialist, she was lucky to conceive during her IVF cycle. This is because statistically, it would have taken her a few hundred cycles to achieve one successful pregnancy.
Conceiving in your 40s also has increased risk for miscarriage, abnormal baby and preterm birth. So, for women who planned postponing of having a family because of her career or commitment, it's advisable to reconsider and have a child before her 35s.
So, please consult your fertility specialist as soon as possible should you plan to have a baby in your 40s. And for all 40-something women who wants to have a baby, should continue trying and not to give up hope when there is still hope.
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