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Apr 12

Age Fertility

The number of couples in their late 30s and 40s searching for pregnancy is constantly growing. Currently 25% of patients of the Mediterranean Fertility Institute & Genetic Services are over 40. Nowadays it is common to delay starting a family for a number of reasons: second relationships, career and educational demands, desire for financial stability, waiting for a stable relationship; however it is important to understand that fertility in women declines as their age advances, particularly from late 30s onwards.

This is a normal consequence of the aging process. The decline of fertility among married couples with advancing age has been repeatedly documented. It is enough to say that about one-third of women who defer Pregnancy until the late 30s and at least half of women over the age of 40 will have infertility problems. In programs of assisted reproduction, successful delivery rates in Women Over 40 are one-third to one-half compared to those seen in younger women. And many of the assisted reproduction programs rarely are successful in women over 40.

As women age, their chance of successful pregnancy decreases as their chance of a miscarriage increases and also, there is an increased risk of a chromosomally abnormal pregnancy occuring.

In IVF, age affects the success of the treatment in a number of ways. As age anvances the number of eggs collected declines as weel as the quality of the embryos. For some women, donor egg treatment may be their best option in order to accomplish a successful pregnancy. Information about the Donor Egg Programat MFCGS, Chania is available from the patient coordinator, and the fertility specialist.

Sperm production, on the other hand, continues throughout a man’s life, therefore, as men become older, the chances of achieving a pregnancy are lowered to a lesser degree compared to women. The changes in the male with aging are modest, but significant.

There are at least two reasons to believe that the quality of sperm decreases as age increases. Firstly, new autosomal disease can be attributed to an increase of the frequency of male gene mutations and secondly, paternal age is related to an increased risk of trisomies, indicating an increase in non-disjunction in males.

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In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Cycle with own gametes from 1300€

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