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Parents' Ages Influence Children's Risk of Autism

A new study “like no other” indicates parental age as an influence on the child’s risk. This study shows “for the first time that autism risk is associated with disparately aged parents..." ... more »

Healthy Pregnancy Over 35, So Possible

In 2012, there were more than 9 times as many first births to women aged 35 years and older than there were 4 decades earlier. Translation: most people know a new mom over 35. ... more »

Placenta Accreta: Novel Approach Saves Lives, Spares Fertility

Dr. Patrick Nicholson used a novel, two-step approach to treat placenta accreta, whereby mothers’ lives are saved, their fertility spared, and no babies suffered ill effects of treatment. ... more »

Conception After 40: Choose IVF First

The latest study on infertility and older women suggests the most effective approach to fertility treatment when the cause of infertility is unknown is to choose IVF first. ... more »

Women 35+ Less Likely to Have Babies with Anatomical Defects

A study revealed a decreased risk of anatomical defects by as much as 40% when the mother is older. ... more »

First Time Mothers Older Than 30 at Greater Risk for Complications

Conventional wisdom always held that pregnancy is a riskier for women over the age of 35. New research, published in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, suggests age-related risks actually begin as a woman leaves her 20s. ... more »

The Ideal Age to Have Children

What's the ideal age to start having children? IS there an ideal age? The inquiring minds at Gallup posed the question by telephone survey this past August to 5,100 people representing the full spectrum of American society. ... more »

Increasing Awareness of Fertility Issues May Prompt Some Couples to Conceive Earlier Than Planned

A new study has shown that women who are more knowledgably about age-related fertility issues have started to move their ideal pregnancy ages up, even though they may not be at risk of impacted fertility due to age. ... more »

Is Six the Lucky Number for IVF Success?

A study conducted at Harvard Medical School reveals the odds actually improve as cycles are repeated. By the sixth cycle, most women have the same odds of giving birth to a live baby as a woman of the same age with no fertility problems. ... more »

Factors Affecting Pregnancy in Later Years

Before actively trying to conceive, a woman may want to consider the factors that affect pregnancy after age 35 and the steps she can take before and after pregnancy that will ensure the best outcome. ... more »

Fertility, Pregnancy Outcomes and Deliveries Following Myomectomy

Researchers from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University Hospital of Pointe-a-Pitre in France recently published a study in the journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics on the long-term reproductive effects of myomectomy. ... more »

300 Year-Old Fertility Statistic is Still Cited Today

One out of three women over the age of 35 will not conceive after one year of trying to conceive (TTC). While that statistic may sound about right to most people, it may not necessarily be true in the present day. ... more »

Age and Female Fertility: New Discoveries Challenging Old Theories

General medical knowledge for the past 50 years has maintained that a woman's fertility drastically declines after age 35. This has caused many women in their late 30's and early 40's to go running to a fertility doctor at the first sign of difficulty conceiving. ... more »

Coping with Fertility Postponement

Women are choosing to put off motherhood until later in life, typically the mid to late 30s. Researchers from Italy recently examined the coping styles and issues these young women deal with when they postpone fertility. ... more »

Why Having Children after 40 Could Extend Your Life Expectancy

Getting pregnant too young or too old can be risky for the mother and her unborn child. However, studies show that women who get pregnant during or after their 40’s could actually live longer than women who stop having children at a younger age. ... more »

The Effect of Advanced Parental Age on Parenting

When I was in school, nearly all of my peers had parents that were generally the same age. I remember one classmate who did not fall into that group. Her father was in his late 60s when she was a senior in high school. ... more »

Those Eggs Have an Expiration Date

How much potential does advanced maternal age have for resulting in adverse pregnancy results outcome? In other words, when is the expiration date for a woman's eggs? ... more »

Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21)

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a duplication chromosome. Patients with Down syndrome have two copies of chromosome 21 so they are born with 47 chromosomes as opposed to the normal 46. ... more »

Halle Berry, Pregnant at 46

When Halle Berry met Canadian model Gabriel Aubry she had no idea the next eight years would consist of the best times and the worst times. During her five year relationship with Aubry, Berry gave birth to her first child, Nahla. ... more »

Advanced Maternal Age and Perceived Pregnancy Risk

A recent study published in BMC Pregnancy Childbirth reveals older women go into a pregnancy with confidence, but when things go wrong the first blame they place in on their age. ... more »

Egg Freezing for Fertility Preservation

Egg freezing is a method of fertility preservation for women. Cancer, age and family history of premature menopause are the most common reasons women choose to freeze eggs. ... more »

Does My Uterus Age?

Sometimes women choose to freeze eggs when they are healthy and abundant in hopes of starting a family later in life, but as the years of menopause approach, does the uterus age to the point that conception and healthy pregnancy is impossible? ... more »

How Do So Many Celebrities Conceive After 40?

There are all kinds of people in Hollywood, but there is one common thread that keeps many of these stars connected – late in life pregnancies and parenthood. ... more »

How Old is Too Old to Conceive?

This question is more a moral one than a physical one. While the risk of complications like gestational diabetes and preeclampsia are higher in older women, all other pregnancy statistics are relatively the same. ... more »

Will Age Always be a Factor in Fertility?

Not that many years ago women in their 40s were considered late in life and having a baby was a mistake at that age, not a choice. If women are changing and fertility is changing, how long will it be before age is no longer a factor? ... more »

Cancer During Pregnancy

Research is lacking, so there is very little proven fact to guide patients and doctors down the proper treatment path. We do know, however, that a woman who is diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy can carry the fetus to term and deliver a healthy infant. ... more »

Older Parenting - Killing Generations

Older parents are just as capable of giving birth to and raising children, but what does pushing that parenting clock do to the foundation of a child’s life. Is older parenting killing generations? ... more »

Risk Factors Revealed for Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, there are several factors that may increase the risk of having children with a genetic predisposition to the cancer. ... more »

Advanced Maternal Age and Pregnancy

When a woman becomes pregnant past the age of 35, she is considered to be of advanced maternal age. As a woman ages, her egg stores are lower and may not be as healthy and viable as they once were. ... more »

Infertility and Egg Donation

Egg donation, also referred to as oocyte donation, is one such option. It has proven to be an effective fertility method for couples who have longed for a baby, but have been unable to have one on their own. ... more »

Venous Thromboembolism

Venous thromboembolism is a serious disorder that is the result of blood clots that form on the walls of veins. For pregnant women, VT is the number one risk of death during delivery of the baby. ... more »

Preeclampsia: Short-Term and Long-Term Effects

Not only do women have to worry about preeclampsia during pregnancy, the effects of increased blood pressure during pregnancy may last for years. ... more »

Older First-Time Moms Not at Higher Risk of Depression

Researchers at Macquarie University have found no connection between maternal age and risk of depression. The study expressly focused on older women. ... more »

Should a Woman 50 Years and Older Get Pregnant?

Should a woman 50 years and older get pregnant and have a baby? CNN recently reported on women at 50 years of age and older who had a baby. ... more »

How to Deal with Pregnancy in Your 40's in 12 Steps

Pregnancy is different in your 40's when compared to when you were in your 20's. Our 12 step program will help you dealing with your pregnancy: ... more »

How to Find Out if You Are a High Risk Pregnancy in 12 Steps

Finding out if you have a high risk pregnancy is important. Having a high risk pregnancy means you have an increased risk of complications during pregnancy. ... more »

Predicting a Miscarriage

Successful pregnancy can be predicted up to 94% accuracy between days 33 and 36 using transvaginal ultrasound to detect 3 markers, gestational sac diameter, yolk sac size, and fetal cardiac activity. ... more »

Impact of a Woman's Age on Pregnancy

Does age affect fertility? Simply put, yes ages does affect fertility. The older the female is when trying to conceive the more troubles that may be encountered during the process. ... more »

Trying to Get Pregnant But Having Trouble - What Options Do I Have?

Trying to get pregnant but having trouble? When infertility problems leave a couple without the ability to conceive a child of their own, there are options for parenthood that will bring that little joy home. ... more »

Testing Inhibin B and Ovarian Reserve

Measuring Inhibin B and ovarian reserve in order to determine if the ovarian reserve is decreased. ... more »

Safety of Pregnancy

Is pregnancy at 35+ years of age safe? ... more »

Abruptio Placentae (Placental Abruption)

An abruptio placentae (i.e. placental abruption) is the separation of the normally located placenta before the baby is born and after the 20th week of the pregnancy. ... more »

Clomiphene Challenge Test (CCT)

Who should get tested using the Clomiphene Challenge Test (CCT)? ... more »

Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

What are possible causes of recurrent pregnancy loss? ... more »