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Ivy Jacobson
Associate Editor, The Knot

Guess How Old The Oldest Mother To Conceive Through IVF Is?

PUBLISHED ON 05/15/2014

Since a new study just revealed that more women are waiting until the age of 35 to have their first child, this new tidbit of info makes sense. A woman in Winter Park, Florida, just biologically conceived and delivered her first child using IVF at the age of... 46.


The Orlando-area woman and her husband never had a child, but using her own biological eggs and specialized reproductive hormone therapies, she delivered a healthy baby boy.

Mark P. Trolice, M.D, oversaw her treatments at the Vivere-Winter Park Fertility Laboratory and used traditional egg-harvesting and embryo implantation along with the hormone therapies. The pregnancy didn't go smoothly, however. Her cervix needed emergency suturing to keep the baby inside her uterus until maturity, and was in the hospital for 10 weeks. She gave birth at 31.5 weeks and delivered her son via C-section, who's now a healthy 8-month-old.

“Playing a role in the life of my patient and her son was a real honor,” says Mark. “Though against the odds, we employed IVF techniques that now may provide some women the chance to become mothers and grow their families."

Although the rates of IVF success varies from center-to-center, the chance of getting pregnant does depend on your age and why you’re having trouble getting pregnant, since being older presents different challenges. According to the American Pregnancy Association, the live birth rate for a single IVF cycle is approximately:

  • 30 to 35 percent for women under age 35
  • 25 percent for women ages 35 to 37
  • 15 to 20 percent for women ages 38 to 40
  • 6 to 10 percent for women ages over 40

Would you undergo IVF at the age of 46?

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