A fertility expert, Dr. Faye Iketubosin, has advised women who are over 50 years and seeking fertility treatment to ensure they are in a perfect state of health before beginning the treatment.
According to the IVF expert, fertility treatment especially in women who are over 50 years of age and have any comorbidities could be quite risky.
Speaking with journalist, the expert said, “There are risks associated with having a child at the age of 50 and above.
“Some women are in very good health at the age of 50 while other women may have other comorbidities like hypertension, diabetes, and obesity which are all risk factors for pregnancies,
“So, any woman who is going to undergo any fertility treatment at that age has to be assessed to ensure that she is healthy. If she is not healthy, it can be quite devastating for her.”
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According to experts, pregnancy after the age of 35 is considered a geriatric pregnancy. However, the term has been swapped for advanced maternal age in recent years.
According to the American College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, many more people now have chronic high blood pressure during pregnancy than ever before.
According to a recent article published online by Healthline – a health information website, between 2000 and 2009, the number of pregnancies in people with high blood pressure went up by 69 per cent. For African American people, the increase was even higher, going up by 87 per cent.
The Healthline article also noted that there are higher risks associated with pregnancy in the 50s, noting that some of the risks include preeclampsia (a type of high blood pressure that develops during pregnancy that can become life-threatening), gestational diabetes, ectopic pregnancy (when the egg is attached outside of the uterus), higher risk of needing a caesarean delivery, miscarriage, and stillbirth.