ART cannot reverse age-related infertility

Assisted reproduction has made huge progress over the last 50 years.  From egg and sperm cryopreservation to in vitro fertilization, there are a number of techniques that can be utilized to help couples struggling with infertility.

Unfortunately, given the immense progress of assisted reproduction technology (ART), it seems that many women view it as a means to reverse their biological clock.

On the contrary, ART should viewed as a treatment option for infertility and not as an alternative to natural conception.

A recent study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility found that many older women (over the age of 43) visit fertility clinics with the idea that ART can make them fertile.

They are disappointed when doctors tell them that ART cannot give them instant pregnancy.

“There is an alarming misconception about fertility among women,”  Pasquale Patrizio, professor in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Yale School of Medicine and director of the Yale Fertility Center, said in a statement. “We also found a lack of knowledge about steps women can take early in their reproductive years to preserve the possibility of conception later in life.”

Given this troublesome trend, the study’s authors advise that physicians educate their female patients on the effect of age on fertility and promote fertility preservation for women desiring to have children.

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