Dr Oz: Moms After 40
Are you too old to have a baby? Dr Oz recently featured his After 40 Health Guide, but now he is investigating a separate question. With medical and scientific advancements, is it possible to have a healthy, successful pregnancy later in life? Dr Oz looked at your pregnancy chances and fertility results in later years.
About one in five women will postpone pregnancy until age 35 or later, and that percentage is growing. Some medical experts believe that it’s harder to have a successful pregnancy the older you get. Also, there could be greater health risks for the mother.
Dr Oz: Fertility Treatments
Dr Jennifer Lahl talked with Dr Oz about delayed pregnancy, conceding as reality the idea that pregnancy is harder when you are older. A mother’s age affects the baby’s development. She also believed that many new fertility drugs could have unknown risks because they have not yet been thoroughly researched over time.
Fertility Drugs Cancer Risk
There may be an increased cancer risk for mothers, as well as health risks to your baby, if you are taking fertility drugs, she explained. Dr Lahl recommended having babies earlier in life, and said the medical community should be apologetic for letting women believe it’s safe to wait.
Dr Oz: Older Pregnancies
Dr John Jain said that the natural ability to conceive wanes with age, but said that modern medicine offers options for women. He explained that most of his patients are in their 40s, and he has worked with an expectant mother as old as 56.
How Old Is Too Old To Have A Baby?
Dr Oz commissioned a survey to see what people think about when it’s too late to have a baby. Here is what the survey found.
- Age 35 – 13%
- Age 40 – 28%
- Age 45 – 34%
- Age 50 – 21%
- Never – 4%
Dr Oz: Difficult Pregnancies & Aging
From the audience, 40-year-old Nicole said she doesn’t feel her age, and doesn’t think she would have any trouble if she decided to have a baby.
Arabella, age 39, countered that argument and explained to Nicole the difficult process she has gone through. Arabella has sunk nearly $100,000 into pre-pregnancy treatments in attempts to conceive. She said your eggs are aged, even if you still feel youthful.
She continued, explaining that she had tried years of IUI and IVF cycles, and even lost one pregnancy. Apparently, this is not an atypical experience for women attempting to conceive later in life.
Dr Oz: Age & Pregnancy Chances
Dr Evelyn Minaya said the old trope about your biological clock is true: it’s ticking. Your chances of getting pregnant decrease as you age.
- Age 20s – 50% chance
- Age 30s – 20% chance
- Age 40s – 5% chance
She added that a miscarriage is three times more likely at age 40 than age 30. Also, children born to mothers over age 40 are six times more likely to have genetic problems. That’s why many women try exploring other fertility options to reduce some of these risks.
One audience member said she recently discussed this topic with her college class. She believed part of the problem is that women are searching for the right partner before settling down to have children. She said this is a significant social factor surrounding the topics of age and pregnancy.
Dr Oz: False Pregnancy Promises
Dr Oz’s final question in this discussion was whether it gives women false promises about their pregnancy chances. He said there are many options and questions, and everyone’s situation has its own unique circumstances. What is a viable option for some may be unthinkable to others.
This is a complex and multifaceted issue. What do you think about the points raised in this discussion? Has it changed your perspective on age and pregnancy?