According to foreign media reports, Lina Alvarez, a 62-year-old woman currently living in Galicia, Spain, has just welcomed life’s most precious gift, she gave a birth to a healthy baby girl in a local hospital. The baby girl was delivered two weeks ahead of schedule by Caesarean section.
“I feel phenomenal. I couldn’t be better. I’m very very grateful to live for such a precious little thing,” she told local news sites.
Lina has two other children, one is 28 years old, another is 10 years old. And her second and third pregnancies were through in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment, which have ignited a heated debate and controversy over age limits for IVF treatments. Some people, however, hold the opinion that Lina’s success in pregnancy and delivery will definitely encourage many women eager for a baby in their later years to imitate her if they want to.
When it comes to IVF treatment, there’s never short of big news. The world’s oldest documented mother is 70-year-old Daljinder Kaur of India, who successfully gave a birth in 2015 after a two-year IVF treatment.
As we all know, IVF is a procedure designed to increase the chance of conception in couples whose fertility problems prevent them from having children. According to Dr. Tian, at Guangzhou Elizabeth Women’s Hospital, “It is a very complicated process and probably involves multiple steps resulting in the fertilization of oocytes in the laboratory.”
Candidate for IVF treatment—Many individuals choose IVF treatment for the following reasons:
Tubal Factor Infertility
Tubal factor infertility is often caused by pelvic infection, such as pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or endometriosis, or scar tissue that forms after pelvic surgery. It takes up about 20-25% of all cases of infertility, includes cases of completely blocked fallopian tubes and also cases with either 1 blocked tube or no blockage but tubal scarring or other damage.
Endometriosis is a disease involving the growth of tissue resembling the endometrium (uterine lining) in places outside the uterus. It affects women of reproductive age and is likely to be associated with both pelvic pain and infertility. And modern medicine like IVF now offers women with endometriosis treatment options for relief of both pain and infertility.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome(PCOS)
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a condition in which a woman’s levels of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone are out of balance, this can lead to the growth of ovarian cysts. PCOS may affect women’s overall health and appearance, it’s one of the most common causes of female infertility.
Ovulatory disorders are one of the most common cause that women are unable to conceive, and account for 30% of female infertility. Fortunately, most of such cases can be treated successfully.
IVF treatment isn’t only for female infertility issues, if a man has fertility problem due to low sperm production, abnormal sperm function or blockages that prevent the delivery of sperm, IVF is a good way worth trying.