Dear 40-year-old Self,
Remember to FREEZE your eggs today so that you can still have a real chance at motherhood!
Your 30-year-old Self
The survey of 1000 women, released today by IVFAustralia, Melbourne IVF and Queensland Fertility Group, found a shocking 64 per cent of respondents didn't know their fertility would decline rapidly from 36 onwards.It also showed 60 per cent of women thought that infertility in their 40s can be resolved through IVF.
However this is a complete misconception.Dr Molloy said IVF doesn't guarantee pregnancy as success rates rapidly decline for aging women.'Your highest chance of success having a child will be if you can conceive before the age of 35. One of the most common reasons we see patients is age-related infertility, they are basically a modern woman – educated and a valuable addition to the workforce, but what has suffered is their fertility,' Dr Molloy told The Courier Mail.'If you put a 34-year-old through an IVF program, the chance of getting pregnant on a single treatment cycle is in excess of 40 per cent.''When we put a 40-year-old through an IVF program, the pregnancy rate is about 20 per cent.'Karyn Reardon, now mother of two, was 29 when she and husband Gerard first tried to start having children.'It took me eight challenging years to produce my first baby – if I had waited until after 35, perhaps it would never have happened,' she said.After several rounds of IVF she gave birth to her first child Flyn, 8, at 37 years of age and Ostyn, 4, at 40.