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Fertility Specialist Calls Atlantic Article Disputing Age-Related Fertility Decline “Irresponsible”
Date:6/24/2013

Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) June 24, 2013

Fertility Specialist Geoffrey Sher, MD responded to an article in the Atlantic Monthly that alleges that a woman’s fertility doesn't decline as rapidly with advancing age as is commonly believed.

The article, written by San Diego State University psychology professor Jean Twenge, cites a study that showed that women aged 35-39 had an 82% pregnancy rate within 6 months of trying, while younger women had just a modest advantage at age 27-34 with an 86% pregnancy rate.

“I cannot believe the irresponsibility of this report,” said Dr. Sher. “First, it ignores millions of data points on IVF success rates published over the last 15 years. Simply stated, live birth rates for IVF in women in their late twenties are twice that of women in their late thirties. It’s a statistical fact.”

He continued, “Next, and just as significant, it cites pregnancy rates, but fails to take into account the incidence of miscarriage, which is most often a product of chromosomal abnormalities. These result primarily from a progressive erosion of egg quality due to advancing age. This is why the rate of miscarriage and chromosomal birth defects like Down Syndrome increase with the mother’s age.”

Sher also cited his own clinic’s studies that demonstrate the decline in egg quality as women age. “We have analyzed many thousands of eggs and embryos, and have substantial evidence showing that more than half half of eggs extracted from women under 35 have an irregular number of chromosomes. By age 35, about 60% are abnormal, by age 40 around 80%, and by age 45 it is above 90%. For this author to dispute all the medical evidence based on a couple of small studies and on her own personal experience in conceiving, is disingenuous to say the least.”

Sher also referenced patient advocacy organizations and their efforts to educate women on fertility issues. “This article damages and disco
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