Can Reproduction Be Ageless?

December 20, 2016
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It’s well known that more and more women are delaying childbirth until their 30s and 40s to complete their education, pursue careers, or find the right partner. But since a woman’s fertility begins to decline by her late 20s, and even more dramatically after age 35, the result has been an increase in involuntary childlessness.

The options for dealing with this have been limited. Some 61,000 babies were born with the use of in vitro fertilization in 2012 (accounting for 1.5 percent of all babies born in the United States), but IVF success rates also decrease with age—it works about half the time for women under 35, and less than 10 percent of the time for women older than 40.

In the past, a woman unable to get pregnant through IVF had two options: egg or embryo donation, or adoption.

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