Live birth after IVF in a 46-year-old woman.

Tecnobios Procreazione, Centre for Reproductive Health, Via Dante 15, I-40125 Bologna, Italy.
Reproductive biomedicine online (Impact Factor: 2.68). 11/2005; 11(4):452-4. DOI: 10.1016/S1472-6483(10)61139-X
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ABSTRACT Pregnancies after IVF have been reported in women aged > or =44 years, but nobody older than 45 years at oocyte retrieval delivered. We report a case of birth of a healthy child after IVF in a 46-year-old infertile woman. Ovarian stimulation was performed with clomiphene citrate, 150 mg daily for 5 days. Three oocytes were retrieved and one embryo was replaced. The patient delivered a healthy male infant after Caesarean section at 39 weeks. A successful pregnancy after IVF with homologous oocytes can be achieved in women older than 45 years. At this age IVF is not a cost-effective treatment compared with oocyte donation, but it may be offered in countries in which gamete donation is forbidden.

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