IVF at 43 - looking for success stories & inspiration

Anne-Marie - posted on 05/20/2012 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone - I'm looking for some inspiring stories..... I'm 43 and my little boy is 19 months (conceived by IVF). We've just done another IVF stim cycle with the hope of giving Marcus a sibling - first transfer was not successful ;-( but we do have 2 frosties left. Is there anyone out there who's been successful with IVF at around this age and do you have any advice (natural therapies, etc) to increase chances of success? Looking forward to the inspiration!!! xoxoxo

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Joan - posted on 02/26/2014

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I'm 44 and delivered a healthy baby boy this past December. I had two natural pregnancies but they ended in miscarriages so we went straight to IVF given my age. We live in NYC and lucked upon NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell which has an amazing IVF center. When I read about other people's IVF treatments, it just seemed a lot of trial and errors on behalf of the clinics. We were going to try one cycle of IVF only because our insurance wouldn't cover me past 44, we were realistic the possibilities at my age and previous miscarriages. Fortunately, it ended in a positive pregnancy and we couldn't be more grateful to the grace that was looking over us. I also tried acupuncture and think this helped boosted my health. I would say what was on our side were a few things: overall healthy and didn't have any other medical problem other than being AMA, a really great IVF center. There really is hope for us 40 somethings so good luck to you!

Dee - posted on 02/13/2014

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Hi,
I am 43 and fifteen weeks pregnant through a FET. So far everything looks good, but there are still milestones to pass. This is my first viable pregnancy. I had a miscarriage one month before my 40th birthday through a natural pregnancy. I started IVF at age 42 and did three rounds and two frozen transfers. This pregnancy is the result of a 5d embryo that was made at 42.5 or 42.9. I had three 5d embryos transferred. I was fortunate in that my body could still produce a lot of eggs, so my doctor never pushed the donor eggs due to my age. We did however go through three transfers with 6 3d embryos each time and nothing took until the second frozen where I had stopped the stims and gave my body a rest. I think what kept me going emotionally was that my husband and were open to adoption, so we did IVF and prepared for the adoption at the same time. Weeks after out first failed cycle, our adopted son was born. He is now a year old. For us, we knew we wanted a family and that kept us going. Even though I was doing the IVF, I really disn't think it would work because of my age. I wen through a process of grief and then considered donor eggs and then came to the decision to adopt again. This transfer was the last one for me. Emotionally and physically, I had enough of the treatments and also felt so blessed with my son and wanted to give my energy to him. This pregnancy truly feels like a miracle and everyday I pray that I deliver a healthy child. I will be 44 when he is born. Hold on to hope and listen to yourself. I think we know in our hearts when to keep going and when to move on.

Ellie - posted on 05/03/2014

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I would like to share my miracle story! I met my husband late in life. Had our amazing daughter at 42!! Naturally on first attempt !! Prayed and prayed for another miracle. Had a CP on first attempt then a year of 4 iui's (insurance required this) exactly a year after CP we had our 2nd ivf with my own eggs!, We are so blessed and filled with gratitude !! I am now 21 weeks!!! I did do acupuncture and placed all in Gods care!! The first ivf was a three day transfer and the second was a 5 day transfer . No genetic testing on either attempts. I'm 44 years old due in September!! My daughter turned two in April !! Happiest and healthiest child around! Don't give up and pray! God is GREAT!! Miracles are possible. I used Dr. Melvin Thorton in White Plains. God Bless and good luck!!

Elissa - posted on 05/22/2012

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my best girlfriend is 44 and is finally pregnant with baby #2 due in august.Dont give up

Anne-Marie - posted on 06/02/2012

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Hi Cara
Firstly, I wish you all the very best of luck with the "journey" your about to embark on - love & blessings to you & your partner. We did 1 stim cycle but were lucky enough to get 27 eggs - 17 of which fertilised. Our son Marcus was conceived on the 6th frozen embryo transfer - he was the last remaining frostie!!! I firmly believe we were successful that time because I was absolutely convinced that this transfer was not going to work and my head was already concentrating on the next stim cycle so I wasn't stressing about the outcome like the previous transfers - stress plays a big role and is the hardest thing to avoid. Would love it if you'd keep me updated on how you're going xoxo

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Renay - posted on 02/26/2014

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I did my first IVF at age 41 which took and I delivered a healthy baby girl (age 42 at delivery). We also worked with the doctors and incredible staff at Weill Cornell in NYC. I am 43 now and have a consultation next week to try again for a sibling for my daughter. I am so grateful for our healthy daughter! We feel blessed. Don't give up!!

Cara - posted on 02/12/2014

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Hello:

I am 42 years old. Today I feel sad, because I've received the results of my pregnancy test and came negative. I already tried 2 IUI, and 2 IVF, and non of them work.
My eggs seem to be fine, I produce 13 mature eggs in the 1st IVF treatment, but only 2 in the second one. My doctor says at my age is more difficult.
I'd like to get any advice to keep my hopes up, and get courage to keep trying.
Thanks

Jakey - posted on 02/05/2014

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Hello. I am pregnant at 43. I have been trying since 41 naturally and with IUI's. Finally, I went to a specialist who was amazing. He suggested I do two IVF Cycles back to back as I wan't producing enough eggs in one cycle. We did the first round, retrieved 6, 3 made it and were frozen. The second IVF cycle was 10 eggs, 7 were inseminated, 4 made it. Out of the two batches I ended up with 4 eggs that kept doubling and appeared viable. My doctor suggested genetic testing or PGD on day 5 so that the eggs could continue to develop before implantation.. out of the 4 only 1 was healthy!!! 46xx!! I had 1 perfect healthy embryo. My doctor transferred the one egg and I got a big positive 2 weeks later! I am 8 weeks 3 days and heard the heartbeat loud and clear at 6 weeks and again today.

SUE - posted on 06/05/2012

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Hi I did my first IVF at 43 it took on the 3rd shot..the first 2 were unsuccessful never give up. I had a tough pregnancy bled week 8 then hemorrhaged at week 13 and was 2 cm dilated drs wanted to do an emergency d& c my life at that point was at risk due to the amount of blood loss however, we waited 24 hours and all was ok. I was sent home on strict bed rest...kept bleeding on and off but nothing drastic finally it stopped for 3 days then at week 17 my water broke. Doctors warned about all the bad things that could be wrong etc....I was told that if she was to be born now she was not viable there was nothing they could do medically So I hoped and prayed that all would be fine and just reach at least week 24-25.....I was on complete bed rest for 5 months in total my daughter was born 5 weeks early was in NICU for 2 days had no major concerns. She is now 4 and doing well...I tell you this so that you never lose the faith .............miracles do happen.

Cara - posted on 05/30/2012

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Hi! I can relate to your situation. I am also 43 and went for my first IVF consultation today; will start testing tomorrow (egg health, bloodwork...) and hopefully get the ball rolling after that. Your conception via IVF for your first child is an inspiration to me. Do you mind if I ask how many IVFs you went through before success? I'll track this page because I too would love to hear successful over-43 IVF stories.

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