The Outer Reaches of Fertility: One Woman Makes History
A recent study sought to understand why women in their 40s have such low IVF success rates. The study demonstrated that if the eggs of these women are retrieved at an individualized and well-timed way, they will have a better chance of becoming healthy pregnancies. The result is intriguing, considering many women in their 40s are interested in conceiving but often have trouble doing so. Dr. Alan B. Copperman, vice chairman of the department of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive science at the Icahn School of Medicine, is taking a wait-and-see approach. “Freezing eggs before the age of 40 is a great strategy to enhance the likelihood that a woman in her 40s will have a genetic child.” Dr. Copperman recognizes that while this study is novel, “we would need to see many more healthy pregnancies before making modifications to the current standard procedures and protocols."
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