Risks of In Vitro fertilization after 35
I have a number of patients who are of advanced maternal age or as we would say over the age of 35 who are professionals and the chance of having a Down Syndrome baby or having a baby that is born with several defects is not something that would go along with their career choice or their lifestyle, socially. Therefore, when we screen for these genetic abnormalities, it also shows us which embryos are Down syndrome. Trisomie 18, trisomie 13, these are all syndromes that could implant and create a pregnancy that would go at least through the second trimester. I think it’s very important that these embryos be evaluated before implantation happens rather than taking the risk, especially as the age of the woman increases, it is well documented that these abnormalities increase with the age of the female.