Parenthood at a Later Age

Whether some of us have planned to have children later in life or whether nature delayed us from having children at a later age, the risks associated pre-conception, during and after birth are no longer small. Over three decades after the first IVF baby Louise Brown was born we are discovering that serious birth defects and developmental issues are affecting many children born to parents at an older age.  Trying to conceive can be difficult for those under the age of 35, but the decline in fertility after 35 makes  it extremely difficult. What we are finding is that it is a very harsh decline in fertility over the age of 35 and not solely an issue related to the female anymore. Male infertility cases are on the rise (see earlier blog post) and the news lately has been a plethora of articles regarding autism, asthma and developmental issues in children conceived through assisted reproductive treatments. It is very difficult to digest all the new information about the risks associated with ART while struggling to conceive. The New Republic had a very informational article on the variety of issues we face as older parents trying to conceive and the risks are potential children face. To read the full article: How Older Parenthood will Upend American Society. What do you know about your age and your fertility?

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