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52y patient 12w pregnant with own eggs

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Sunday, May 25, 2008 | 3 comments

I have just got back from my 2 weekly trip to my chinese doctor in London. She ONLY deals with fertility issues - her whole practise is geared to helping patients to try to get pregnant.

One of her nurses told me that they have currently got a 52 year old patient that is 12 weeks pregnant. I said 'oh must be DE [donor egg]', but they assured me that no, it was not and it was her own eggs! Amazing!


I have a family member who is a medical doctor for Indian Health Service. She serves indigent Native American women. I can tell you that these women are not spending 30K to do donor egg, nor are they traveling to Spain and the Ukraine for bargain basement DE [donor egg] cycles (something they still wouldn't be able to afford!)

She said it is not uncommon at all to have women between 44 and 52 delivering a baby. Of course, they are not the majority; the majority of women who deliver babies are in their twenties. Certainly fertility declines with age, and no one is arguing that.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    I am sorry I disagree it is uncommon for women between the ages of 44-52 to deliver healthy children without the aid of donor egg.

    Science doesn't lie.

    Less than 5% of women in that age bracket have children with their own eggs.

  2. Anonymous says:

    lol, she kinda did say it wasn't the majority

  3. Anonymous says:

    How many even try to have a baby at a certain age ?

    Surely a fertility specialist also knows more than you ?

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