A 67-year-old woman who is believed to be the world’s oldest new mother told a British Sunday newspaper she lied to a U.S. fertility clinic to get treatment.
Carmela Bousada said she was 55, which is the clinic’s cut off age for treating single women. The clinic did not ask her for identification. Damn - I hope I look like I'm in my 50s when I'm really pushing 70.
At 67, it's amazing she could even get pregnant. As we get older, it's true that you may have trouble getting pregnant, but there's more to it than that. Here are some things you should know about your fertility:
- Taking birth control pills do not make it harder to get pregnant down the road. As soon as you go off the pill, you'll start ovulating within 3 months.
- The quality of a woman's eggs declines as she gets older, regardless of how healthy she is. After age 35, your ovaries produce fewer viable eggs. So, if you want a baby, you might want to think about trying sooner rather than later.
- If you've had an abortion (and there were no complications), it will not affect your chances of having a baby in the future.
- Just because you've had a baby, doesn't mean getting pregnant again will be a cinch. Don't assume you're "Fertile Myrtle" the second time around - since you and your man are both a little older the second time around.
- Eating trans fat can cause infertility.
- Women who are extremely over or underweight have a decreased chance of conceiving and are more likely to have a miscarriage.
Good to know.