Pregnancy: How Old Is Too Old?

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Dr. Keith Eddleman
It's harder to conceive the older that you get, and when you do conceive, there's a greater risk that you're going to have a chromosomal abnormality or some other adverse outcome. So clearly, conceiving earlier is better than later, but some women don't decide until later that they want to have children. Or, they decide that they want to have more children later on. It's really, there's really no absolute answer to that. Clearly, the older you are, the less likely that you're going to have eggs that you can ovulate, those women, the only option they have if they want to become pregnant is to go through ovum donation or to get eggs from a donor. But there are women in their 50s who have done that. So there really is no absolute age that people have reached.