I am a 39-year-old mother of four children. My husband and I are considering In Vitro Fertilization in order to have another baby since I have had tubal ligation. Having in mind that the cost of the treatment is not covered by our insurance, we estimate that we'll be able to afford only one attempt. Could you please tell us what are the chances of a successful IVF for a woman of my age?
When we refer to the possibility of a successful tubal ligation inversion and IVF treatment, the chances for women of your age (or even older) to get pregnant become slim. Fertility decreases after age 35 (especially after 38), and birth rates per in vitro fertilization cycle is only about 15% as the woman approaches her 40th birthday. This rate is equivalent to the rate of healthy born babies following a tubal ligation inversion for a person of your age.
Before you commit to any fertility treatment, you should take tests to assess your fertility rate. The first test is a reaction test to a substance known as clomiphene, while the second test is simply a measure of FSH level in your blood on the 3rd day. If your results are not within normal levels, the possibility of a successful IVF treatment using your own eggs is even smaller than what is mentioned above. In our clinic, the IVF 'success' rate is determined not only by age but a number of factors and every couple needs to undertake specific tests in order to obtain a detailed understanding of prediction and its potential outcome.
Have you already done the necessary fertility tests?