Q: How old is too old or safe to conceive?
A: With donor eggs it is entirely possible for a someone in their late 40s to conceive. Ease of conception is mostly dependent on age of the eggs. I have asked doctors on various Creating the Family shows about the safety of carrying a child in your late 40s or early 50s. Although not necessarily recommending it, most say that if the woman is healthy, it is not all that risky. I believe the pregnancy is usually treated as a “high risk” pregnancy. I think the more interesting question is the how old is too old to raise a child. By the way, we did a show on How Old is Too Old. We also have lots of resources on our website for those considering parenthood at a more “advanced age”, including a link to radio shows about becoming an older parent.
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