When a woman is in her advanced maternal years – 38 to 42 – moving past common, first-in-line fertility treatments – such as IUI – and going straight to IVF may be recommended by the Dr. Laurence Jacobs. IVF has been proven to increase an older woman’s chances of conceiving faster.
IVF Treatment for Older Women
IVF saves older women from the financial, physical, and emotional stress of repeated failed IUI treatment cycles. Researchers have found that older women were more than twice as likely to become pregnant through IVF within the first two cycles of treatment. They were twice as likely to have a healthy baby from their IVF pregnancy.
- A majority of US women who’ve never married have given birth to at least one child by the time they reach 44, according to a new Pew Research Center study
- Fifty-five percent of unwed women currently in their early 40s have a child, the study found — up from 31 percent two decades ago.
A recent study favored going straight to IVF treatment for older couples with unexplained infertility.
- IVF is the most cost-efficient treatment
- IVF results in fewer treatment cycles
- IVF results in less multiple pregnancies
- IVF results in higher live birth rates
National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funded IVF Study
A randomized clinical study by NIH analyzed 154 couples who had been trying to get pregnant for six months before seeking infertility treatment.
The female study criteria included:
- Between the ages of 38 and 42
- Regular menstrual cycles
- At least one functioning ovary
- At least one open Fallopian tube
- Acceptable ovarian reserve
- No reproductive organ disorders
- No history of ectopic pregnancy
The couples were randomly assigned to one of three groups:
- IVF using injectable fertility medications to stimulate egg production
- IUI using oral fertility medication to stimulate egg production
- IUI using injectable fertility medications to stimulate egg production
Within two cycles of treatment, here’s the deal:
- 49 percent of the IVF patients became pregnant and 31 percent gave birth!
- Only 22 percent of IUI patients using oral medication became pregnant
- Only 16 percent of IUI patients using oral medications gave birth
- Only 17 percent of IUI patients using injectable medications became pregnant
- Only 14 percent of IUI patients using injectable medications gave birth
What happened to those patients who failed IUI and went on to IVF treatment?
- 71 percent experienced a clinical pregnancy through IVF treatment
- 46 percent gave birth to a healthy baby through IVF treatment
Here’s the deal. Statistics from this study prove IVF is the preferred first-time treatment protocol for older women.
- 84 percent – a clear majority – of women gave live birth through IVF
- An average of only two IVF cycles were needed for these woman to conceive
- Those women who underwent IUI before IVF took an average of three to four IVF cycles to conceive
When older couples are experiencing unexplained infertility:
- Time is of the essence
- Moving quickly to IVF is advised
IVF success rates vary in the context of patient and treatment characteristics:
- Infertility diagnosis
- History of previous pregnancies
- History of previous miscarriages
- Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
- Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
- Type of IVF procedure
- IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Genetic Testing, Assisted Hatching
The Infertility Doctor
Dr. Laurence Jacobs wants to help you to achieve your dream of having a baby through state-of-the-art IVF treatment, while at the same time doing everything he can to reduce your financial stress. The Infertility Doctor has recently opened an office in beautiful Hoffman Estates. Click the icon below to schedule your consultation with Dr. Laurence Jacobs – or – call 888.325.7389.