Fertility in Your 30s

Since the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) baby was born in 1978, advances in medical science have continued to improve a couple’s chances of having a baby. The table below lists many of the major advances in reproductive endocrinology and infertility by the year in which the first baby was born using that technology.

1978 IVF Overcomes difficulties in ovulation and fertilization.
1984 Egg Donation Allows women to use a donor’s eggs. Overcomes chromosomal abnormalities, menopause, and a failure to ovulate.
1992 ICSI Greatly enhances fertilization rates by directly inserting a sperm into an egg.
2005 PGD Enables couple to avoid passing on genetic diseases to their offspring.
2009 Parental Support™ Enables couple to perform genetic testing on all 24 chromosomes in a single cell from an embryo for a variety of genetic abnormalities within 24 hours.

With all of these advances, more and more people now believe that fertility is not an issue until a woman reaches her mid-forties. This misconception is supported by the active Southern California lifestyle, which has led many to believe that nutrition and exercise can halt the reproductive aging process.

The fact is that with respect to fertility, 40 is not the new 30. Although techniques have improved tremendously to assist women in having a healthy child, time still limits a couple’s reproductive options. “Too many women come in after years of trying and their options are now limited,” says Dr. Arlene Morales of the Fertility Specialists Medical Group. “If I never hear the phrase, ‘I wish we would have met you earlier…’ I’d be very happy.”

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