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My friend had her IVF baby at 44

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, December 15, 2006 | 2 comments

My friend had her IVF baby at 44. It was her first IVF and she has not only a gorgeous baby, but also frozen embryos waiting! She also had high FSH, and irregular periods. I think she's unusual, but no reason why it shouldn't work for someone else.


I conceived at 43.2 with IVF and ICSI. So far, so good -- I'm 15 weeks 1 day. I used an MDL protocol w/ BCP. I had a high dosage of Follistim, 600. I can't remember all the protocol details, but if you're interested I'd be glad to look them up and share.

My FSH had been ranging between 16 and 25.7. The month of the IVF cycle my FSH was 9. At egg retrieval they harvested 8 eggs: 2 were immature and of the remaining 6, 2 fertilized -- we put both back and are pg with a singleton.

I have historically been a slow responder and I was on the protocol for 14 days. My nuchal scan was great, but just for peace of mind I think I'm going ahead with the amnio -- yes, I'm dealing with some demons from my past.

Success, only time will tell. If, I mean WHEN, all goes well I'll deliver at 43.10 (6 weeks short of my 44th birthday).


Hoping that this pregnancy will count as IVF success at 44. I am now 21 weeks pregnant. I had one egg that came up as normal out of 4 in PGD. Still 19 weeks to go so but if all goes well, I'll be 45 when the baby's born. I had my son at 42 (became pregnant at 41) after IVF/PGD.

A friend of mine - I know this sounds fantastic - had an 'own egg' baby after IVF at 47. She had blocked tubes (she'd had a child way back at 20) and tried numerous IVF attempts - not sure how many exactly - but after a miscarriage they decided to try one more time because they say that miscarriage is a sign that your body 'knows' how to get pregnant. And lo and behold, she was pregnant with her little boy.

Another friend of mine had identical twin boys at 44-45 - natural pregnancy.


I am 45 and 18 weeks pregnant with my 4th child. My others are 8, 13 and 16. I have just finished up all of the major testing (amnio etc) and everything is fine and normal. This baby is very much a surprise and health issues all around are the biggest worry. I thought I was in pretty good shape, but I have been knocked for a loop although I am starting to feel a little better.


I have the other perspective of older parents. I’m now 23, my mother was 44 when she gave birth to me. I liked that my parents were pass the "party stage" and set into life. It does not bother me to have parents that are old enough to be my grandparents.


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Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I have just completed my first IVF cycle. I'm 44 and have a 14 years old son. My husband and I opted for a tubeligation when our son was five. Now we regret it because our son is a teen and we are healthy and praying for another child. I will know if the IVF cycle worked within the next week when I go in for my first beta test. In all I feel great and feel confident that of the five mature eggs retreaved and of the four firtilized the one that made it to day five with PGD tested in great shape has planted and will give us our baby for December.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am 42 and went through my first ivf cycle in feb was disappointing and negative PT. Im thinking of the second ivf but very nervous and looking for a miracle....

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