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Time to update our Over 40 Birth Statistics Quote

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Thursday, April 08, 2010 | 0 comments

Photo credit - ejaycruzIt's time to update this quote:

"In 2008, there were more than 106,000 live births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44, and 7,666 live births to women 45 to 54. In 2006, there were 2,274 live births to women over 42, using donor eggs."

Checking the 2009 birth stats today at the CDC and I found:

Age of mother
Women in their 40s -- The birth rate for women aged 40-44 rose 3 percent in 2009 from 9.8 in 2008 to 10.1 live births per 1,000 women - the highest rate reported since 1967.
Women aged 45-49 -- The birth rate rose 3 percent from 2008 to 2009 whereas their population fell slightly.
Women aged 50 and over -- The number of births to women aged 50 and over reached 569 in 2009, 5 percent above that in 2008

All races and origins
40–44 years................. 105,827 live births
45–49 years................ 7,320 live births
50-54 years................. 569 live births

TOTAL (40-54) : 113,716 live births

NOTE: In this report, tables labeled 45-49 years, 45-54 years, and 50-54 years include births to mothers up to age 64.

Next I went to SART, who has the 2009 IVF and Donor Egg rates in the US:

Fresh Embryos From Non-Donor Oocytes
Number of cycles : (41-42) 9,389 (over 42) 5,916

Percentage of cycles resulting in live births : (41-42) 12.6 (over 42) 4.2

Total live births : (41-42) 1,183 (over 42) 248

TOTAL (over 40) : 1,431

Thawed Embryos From Non-Donor Oocytes
Number of transfers : (41-42) 1,305 (over 42) 961

Percentage of transfers resulting in live births : (41-42) 22.1 (over 42) 13.9

Total live births : (41-42) 288 (over 42) 133

TOTAL (over 40) : 421

Total number of women conceiving from IVF (non-DE) (over 40) : 1,852

Donor Oocytes (all ages)

Number of transfers : (Fresh Embryos) 9,485 (Thawed Embryos) 5,614

Percentage of transfers resulting in live births : (Fresh) 55.1 (Thawed) 33.8

Total Live Births : (Fresh) 5,226 (Thawed) 1,897

TOTAL births by Donor Egg (all ages) : 7,123


How old were the women who used ART in the United States in 2008?Figure 3: The average age of women using ART services in 2008 was 36. The largest group of women using ART services were women younger than 35, representing approximately 39% of all ART cycles performed in 2008. Approximately 21% of ART cycles were performed among women aged 35–37, 20% among women aged 38–40, 10% among women aged 41–42, 6% among women aged 43–44, and 5% among women older than 44.

How did the types of ART cycles used in the United States differ among women of different ages?
Figure 4 shows that, in 2008, the type of ART cycles varied by the woman’s age. he vast majority (96%) of women younger than 35 used their own eggs, whereas about 3% used donor eggs. In contrast, 38% of women aged 43–44 and 71% of women older than 44 used donor eggs. Across all age groups, more ART cycles using fresh eggs or embryos were performed than cycles using frozen embryos.

Number of live-birth deliveries to women using Donor Egg older than 43 in 2008: 783


So the updated quote becomes:

"In 2009, there were 105,827 live births in the United States to women ages 40 through 44 -- 7,320 live births to women 45 to 49 -- 569 live births to women 50-54.
In 2009, there were only 783 live births to women over 43, using donor eggs."

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