Women over 50 who get pregnant using donor eggs do not appear to face greater risks of complications than younger women using the same assisted baby making technologies, according to one of the largest studies to date of older mothers.
A team led by a pioneer in the donor eggs pregnancies in post-menopausal women found that, compared with women 42 and younger, women in their 50s undergoing in vitro fertilization with donated eggs had similar rates of gestational hypertension, diabetes, Caesarean delivery and premature birth.
For both groups, the outcomes in their babies were "excellent and similar," Dr. Mark Sauer, professor and chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology at Columbia University and his co-authors report in the American Journal of Perinatology.
TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Having Your Baby Through Egg Donation
-- a comprehensive book for people considering parenthood through donated ova, and those supporting them. It takes readers through the decision-making process, focusing on questions they are likely to be asking themselves, including:
Are we candidates for egg donation? Will it work? How much does it cost? How do we find a donor? How do we talk about our decision with others? How will we tell our children?
Ethical questions related to egg donation are also examined: Can a donor truly have informed consent Is it ethically correct for donors to receive payment, and, if so, is the payment for 'time and effort' or for their eggs?
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