Are My Eggs too Old?

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
I am a 43-year-old female with a past history of 2 miscarriages. I have had a FTNSVD when I was 26. I had my first miscarriage when I was 42, and it was a blighted ovum. The second miscarriage this year, it was twins. They had low heart rate. They passed, one at 6.5 weeks the other at 7.5 weeks. I decided to have a D&C this last time.

My doctor said it was "probably due to old eggs." I really have a desire to have another baby. Would it be very risky if I were to try again? Is there any chance that I could have a full-term pregnancy?

The doctor told me that it was due to old eggs, but he also said the stress from the death of the one twin, caused the other one to die. I am confused. Is there NO hope

ANSWER

There is always hope. It could happen. But I also understand why your doctor is saying what s/he's saying. If you can afford it, a "young egg" would probably make all the difference in the world.

I had a client in a similar situation, except she was 49, who kept miscarrying with her new husband. They used his sperm and donated eggs, and now have very healthy year-old twins (a boy and a girl) who look like their dad.

-- Cynthia, CNM. PhD.