Guide for Older Women
Ready for children but worried you’ve left it too late? At Manchester Fertility we can help you. Over the past 30 years we’ve treated many women age 37 and older who wish to have a family, and have consistent success rates in helping women just like you to have a child.
If using donor eggs is the best option for you, we’re one of the few clinics in the UK to recruit our own egg donors. This means we can offer you immediate treatment using donor eggs with no waiting list. All of our egg donors are from the UK, meet strict HFEA criteria to be accepted as an egg donor and are fully traceable for your child.
You can be assured that we’ll be completely open, honest and realistic with you about which of our treatments offer you the best chance of success. We will only ever recommend treatment which suits your needs, with complete transparency of costs at all times.
Treatment options include:
IVF is where your eggs are retrieved and fertilised in a laboratory with semen from your partner or a sperm donor. We do offer IVF for women up to the age of 50, however it’s important to realise that success rates are generally poor in women once they reach early 40s and upwards simply because of egg quality. Over the age of 44 we would strongly recommend the use of donor eggs.
IVF with donor eggs is an option if you have age-related infertility, which means your own eggs aren’t suitable to be used anymore. If you decide to have treatment using donor eggs, you’ll be given a choice of donors along with detailed donor profiles, and the full support of our donation team to help you choose the right donor for you. Treatment cycles are carefully timed so you donor’s eggs are ready when you are. The donor eggs can be fertilised with either your partner’s sperm, or donor sperm.
IUI treatment is when the sperm is inserted directly into the uterus. IUI puts the sperm closer to the egg in the hope that fertilisation occurs. IUI can be used in conjunction with fertility drugs to boost the number of eggs produced.
Eggs and sperm are collected in exactly the same way as in IVF, but instead of the sperm being mixed with the egg, one single sperm of the best quality is selected, and this is then injected directly into the egg to achieve fertilisation. ICSI can help if you’ve had previously failed fertilisation with IVF or a very poor number fertilised.
Induction of ovulation/ovarian stimulation
This treatment involves stimulating your ovaries to produce an egg. This technique is used if you are failing to ovulate, but you have normal fallopian tubes and your partner’s sperm is normal.
Used in conjunction with IVF/ICSI, a blastocyst is an embryo that has been allowed to develop for longer after fertilisation in our laboratory incubator, before being transferred to your uterus. A blastocyst transfer can help further improve the chances of pregnancy because the embryo has already developed further and is therefore more likely to implant successfully. Our expert team of embryologists will advise on whether blastocyst transfer is suitable for you.
Egg-freezing is an option if you do want to have children, but aren’t ready yet because you’ve not met the right partner or are concerned about your declining fertility. Or, you can freeze your eggs if you’re about to undergo medical treatment such as chemotherapy. Your eggs are frozen and stored until you’re ready to use them to conceive. Pregnancy success in using frozen eggs depends on a number of factors, including your age at the time of the egg retrieval, how many eggs are retrieved and the quality of the eggs once thawed.
Not sure how fertile you are? We offer a Fertility MOT which is a series of simple tests, including ovarian reserve and semen analysis for your partner. The results will tell you your current fertility status and highlight any problems you may have but be unaware of, ensuring you seek help sooner rather than later. Natural fertility declines with age, particularly after the age of 35. So trying naturally to get pregnant without success for too long, at an older age, can reduce the success rates of infertility treatment when you do finally get the help you need.
For more details of our treatments or to find out more about what we can offer you, call us on 0161 300 2730 or book an informal, free 'one-to-one' with our Patient Advisors. You’ll find we’re more than welcoming and they give you a chance to come and tour our clinic and meet us informally.
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