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Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 26, 2007 | 0 comments

According to a study conducted at the University of Southern California (USC), post-menopausal women are equally as likely as younger women to conceive and give birth following egg donation.

Dr Richard Paulson and colleagues, whose research is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, studied 77 post-menopausal women on an USC egg donation programme between 1991 and 2001. The women's ages were between 50 and 63, but the study showed they had similar pregnancy and miscarriage rates to younger women.

Fifty-five of the egg donation procedures resulted in pregnancies, with 45 live births. All multiple births - six sets of twins and two triplets - were delivered by Caesarean section, as well as 68 per cent of singleton births. Twenty-five per cent of the women suffered mild pre-eclampsia and ten per cent had 'severe' pre-eclampsia. A fifth of the women developed gestational diabetes, the majority of cases being controlled with diet modification and not needing insulin injections.

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Image: Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life, by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs. Publisher: iUniverse Publishing (July 13, 2011)-Rewinding Your Biological Clock: Motherhood Late in Life
by Richard J. Paulson M.D., Judith Sachs

-- In 1996, Dr. Richard Paulson assisted a 63-year-old woman to conceive using in vitro fertilization with a donor egg, and she became the oldest woman in the world to give birth.

This incredible example of how assisted reproductive technologies, or ART, can change the course of nature, raises tough biological, emotional, and ethical issues.

Rewinding Your Biological Clock is a unique exploration of each of these issues, especially the "how-to" of peri- and post-menopausal pregnancy.

Written by a leading fertility specialist and a health educator, this original and daring book rethinks society's most fundamental beliefs about motherhood, aging and life itself.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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