[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Among the many couples who have undergone our Fertility clinics There are also many older people who would like to fulfill their wish of having a baby. Therefore, the first question our doctors are asked is about the age limit. Is there really a time limit for assisted reproduction? The fact is that the desire to have a child is often expressed at a time when fertility has already declined to the point that natural pregnancy is virtually impossible. Therefore, going to a Fertility clinic usually the only option to become parents after all. Because from the age of 35. After the age of 45, women’s ability to conceive is severely limited, and after 45, natural pregnancy is extremely uncommon. But there are also limits to artificial insemination. In general, there is no legal age limit for this procedure. Nevertheless, for medical and ethical reasons, we have also set an upper limit to fertility treatment, as we bear the responsibility for mother and child.
We take our responsibility seriously
From a medical perspective, the ideal age for women to have children naturally is between 25 and 30 years of age. Then the fertility is the highest. However, since career and motherhood are still difficult to reconcile, the desire to have children is often postponed. However, this also increases infertility, so that the visit to a Fertility clinic becomes inevitable. However, fertility treatment also has its limits. Therefore, our experts have set an age limit of 50 years for artificial insemination. After this age, assisted reproduction is not advisable, as successful fertilization becomes less likely.
Assisted reproduction up to the age of 50
But up to the age of 50, there is a whole range of promising fertility treatments available to couples. The most commonly used method in reproductive medicine is the In vitro fertilization (IVF). Daily hormone injections stimulate the ovaries to produce more eggs to make more embryos. Embryo transfer takes place as soon as the follicle has reached the right size. The remaining eggs are vitrified, i.e. deep-frozen, in order to achieve a further Fertility to be able to fulfill. The advantage is that the woman does not have to undergo a new hormonal stimulation. This reproductive technique comes closest to a natural pregnancy.
However, there are cases when the sperm in the male do not show sufficient quality or there are too few spermatozoa available. This is where we at the IVI clinic can help with the Intracytoplasmic injection (ICSI) help. In this process, the most suitable sperm are obtained from the semen and selected for fertilization. This is followed by a direct injection into the eggs, which facilitates fertilization. Whether IVF or ICSI, in both cases the fertilized embryo is subsequently transferred to the uterus.
Different ways to the longed-for baby
However, there are other reasons to prefer ICSI to classical IVF. Among others, it is advisable in women of advanced age, in cases of multiple failed IVF or in cases of unexplained fertility. This procedure is indispensable when using vitrified oocytes, which is the case when a new embryo is created Desire to have a child would be the case. Or if one of the embryos a Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) must be carried out. With the PGD the embryos are examined for chromosomal and genetic changes prior to transfer. This can prevent the birth of children with a hereditary disease. One of the most well-known chromosomal diseases, which is feared especially by mothers of advanced age, is Down syndrome. It is by no means the most common disease. Huntington’s disease, muscular dystrophy and fragile X syndrome are diagnosed much more frequently. A worldwide sensation was achieved by the specialists of our IVI group in 2006. We were able to help a couple, in which both partners were carriers of hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, to have a healthy desired child. This autosomal recessive immunodeficiency, which is extremely rare, was detected thanks to our specific PGD laboratory.
Genetic safety through PGD or PGS
In addition to PGD exists with the Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) another laboratory technique in IVI. It consists of a combination of IVF and PGS (IVF PLUS). PGS is a preventive test to reduce the risk of miscarriage and increase the likelihood of having a healthy baby. Tissue samples are taken from the embryos created after fertilization and examined in the laboratory for shape and ability to divide. The development of the embryos is not endangered. The screening takes place at the 5. or 6. Day of development, i.e. in the blastocyst stage. Until an analysis is available, the embryos are cryopreserved. Once the results are evaluated, a healthy embryo is implanted into the uterus. Other high quality embryos are vitrified if another pregnancy is desired.
Egg donation in Spain without waiting list
Up to the age of 50, egg donation is also possible for women who decide late to have a baby. Since this form of reproduction is not permitted in Germany, it is recommended that a Egg donation in Spain. With us it is anchored in the law since 1988. However, the donor must meet strict requirements in order to be allowed to donate eggs. Their ideal age is between 18 and 35 years. According to the legislation, a normal genetic history must be proven and, of course, it is assumed that the reproductive organs are functioning properly. The donor is tested before Egg donation in Spain intensively medically and psychologically examined.
As with IVF the recipient must undergo hormonal stimulation. Once a suitable egg donor is found, the sperm are processed in the laboratory on the day of fertilization. However, they can also be cryopreserved. The fertilization is carried out either by IVF or ICSI. After five days, the embryo transfer takes place in the developmental stage of the blastocyst. The special thing about egg donation at IVI in Spain is the fact that we do not have a waiting list. We also have the largest egg bank in the world. This means that we can offer a wide range of phenotypes and thus achieve the highest possible match with the expectant parents.
IVI as a leader in research
The age limit of 50 years was set by our experts after careful consideration. In the IVI clinic we have a lot of experience in this field, so you will feel that you are in good hands. Especially since we are subject to strict legal regulations, compliance with which is regularly checked. In addition to the use of genetic material, the techniques used, which must meet medical and scientific standards, are also meticulously controlled. Data protection is a sensitive issue for us, which we take into account very carefully. Confidentiality is also paramount. The identity of egg or sperm donors will not be disclosed under any circumstances. Strictly forbidden in Spain are surrogacy and cloning for reproductive purposes.
In the field of research, the IVI clinic is one of the leaders. Current research project is the rejuvenation of the ovaries. This would open up entirely new possibilities for many women who no longer have sufficient egg reserves, which is usually the case with late motherhood.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column]