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anngre posted:
I am happily married and I would like to have a child. I have been married for seven years and I am 50 years old. I have been checked by a doctor who stated I am in good health and I have regular periods. The doctor stated because of my age I would probably be in a high risk p prenatal program. I thought about fertility clinics or programs but I
have seen many TV and business people wait late to start a family, What is your opinion?
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Yvette Smith, MD, MPH responded:
The natural fertility rate at age 50 is extremely low. We've all seen people who appear to be older, conceive and carry pregnancies. There are really two different issues to consider. The first is the risk to the mother of carrying a pregnancy at age 50.

The safety of carrying a pregnancy is much more related to your general health than your age. A 50 year old in good health may have a very successful pregnancy. You were right to check with your general practitioner to be sure there are no hidden health issues before beginning this journey.

Generally anyone who will be 35 or older at the time of delivery is designated "high risk" in obstetrics. This phrase allows them to access testing that they would not be able to have otherwise. And women over 40 are at higher risk for some complications of pregnancy (pregnancy induced diabetes and pregnancy induced high blood pressure for instance). Most of these things require more monitoring in the pregnancy but can usually be managed siccessfully.

The other issue is actually conceiving a pregnancy. Most pregnancies at age 50 will be conceived using advanced technologies. Most of these women will actually purchase donor eggs from younger women and will use in vitro fertilization to achieve a pregnancy. If this is important to you, seek the advice of a fertility clinic and they can give you specific information about your status and options. Best wishes, keep us updated.
 
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MzLanier2013 replied to Yvette Smith, MD, MPH's response:
Im 31 years old trying to conceive again but my prolactin is too high so its making me not have periods.....wat can i do about that...plz help me out....really wnt me another babi


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