Posted By j on 2006-08-30
... read a story a few years ago, in People Magazine about a 52 year old woman who got pregnant with her own eggs and had twins - it was "an accident", she was not trying to conceive.
Actually I do read Catherine’s success stories and they are inspirational to me. Also, I am working with an acupuncture doctor who has had many clients get pregnant and have a healthy baby over the age of 44. In fact, one of his clients had a baby at 56 (not Donor Egg).
I am over from another board and thought I would share this.
Today at playgroup with my son, I started chatting to another lady near my age. She was telling me about her daughter who is now 2.5 years of age. I told her I did IVF and she said her daughter was a total surprise.
She said her and her husband were not intending on having a little one however she did become pregnant whilst taking the contraceptive pill !!! Miracles do happen. She was 44 when she became pregnant.
The new acupuncture doctor I have been seeing told me a wonderful story about a patient of his that I wanted to share with you guys:
There was a woman who owned her own company in New York City, very successful career woman who had tried to have a baby throughout her 40's. Finally at 50 she gave up. Then she had a psychic (she visited in California) who told her that she would have a baby girl at 51 but that she needed the help of a man with a black bag who was an acupuncture doctor and whose name started with and F.
She thought that was very strange and really didn't give it much thought, until after she returned to New York City, and some time later a colleague of hers mentioned an acupuncture doctor. His name was Francis. So this woman decided to check him out. After 8 months or so of acupuncture treatments with Francis, she got pregnant for the first time in her life and had a healthy baby girl, her first and only child.
He also has treated other women over 40 who have gone on to have healthy pregnancies. His oldest was 59 years old. This woman had several other children and I believe she was Ashkenazy. There have been some studies that suggest that Ashkenazy Jewish women have longer fertility.
Although sexual intercourse becomes less frequent as couples grow older, and fecundity also declines, the probability of pregnancy still exists if contraceptive methods are not used. Research has shown that half of all women in their early forties are still fertile.
Without contraception, the annual risk of pregnancy is around 10% for women aged 40-44 and 2-3% for women aged 45-49, and the risk may not be zero for women over 50. In women over 45 years who have not menstruated for one year the probability of subsequent menstruation (which could be ovulatory) is estimated to be 2-10%. There is a clearly established need for contraception until the menopause is established.
You Can Get Pregnant in Your 40's