I do know another woman who was rejected at the age of 43 for IVF, but conceived naturally and had a baby on her 44th birthday.
And as far as being in peri-menopause - my mom was 43 when I was born, and she was 46 when my brother was born. I guess it's never too late.
I just don't know if I would have the physical strength and mental fortitude to have a child at that age. My mom was great though.
She was patient and loving - but then again she told me once that her fifties were the happiest time of her life. She sailed right thru menopause.
Although I am a fertility expert at a top UK clinic, which shall remain anonymous for obvious reasons, I can confirm that I have witnessed some highly unscrupulous tactics used by certain fertility specialists and clinics. I have spoken to many couples who had allegedly undergone fertility tests at some of these clinics and were told that they had 0% chance of conceiving naturally.
When these couples then came to me for a second opinion, I performed the same tests, and from the results I would estimate that approximately 80% of these couples should have eventually been able to conceive naturally. These practices horrify me, since there are enough genuinely infertile couples out there who need help.
There is no reason why a healthy woman over the age of 40, who is having regular periods and who is otherwise in excellent health, should not be able to have a baby. These women should be encouraged, not discouraged, especially since they will undoubtedly provide the strong foundations that a child needs in order to develop into a delightful young person.
There are too many children in the world who are unwanted and unloved - often born to young parents - so maybe all the people who are opposed to older parents should refocus their sights on those neglected children.
Brian MB ChB, PhD, FRCOG, UK
For those women over 45 who have given up having a child - don't ! I am eight weeks' pregnant and will be turning 46 in November. I'm still in shock as I conceived naturally.
I had my first child at 38 and second at 39 without any problems, in fact first go. I am in a new relationship and my partner and I started trying about six months.
However, as nothing was happening, we both decided that we were blissfully happy with each other and he was content being a step-dad. Bingo! a month later we are pregnant. - Kelly, 46, Melbourne, Australia
But recently, I've been chatting to a friend of a friend who has conceived her first child naturally, at age 45, after having her sterilisation reversed, and now I'm all in a quandary!
You Can Get Pregnant in Your 40's