Julianne Zweifel, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, is lead author on an opinion paper to be published in the January 2020 Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (available online ahead of print).
In “Is it time to establish age restrictions in ART?”, Zweifel and colleagues examine relationships between advanced maternal age and adverse perinatal outcomes, concerns regarding advanced age parenting for both parents and children, professional and public views on age-based guidelines for ART, and a discussion of current age guidelines available.
“Providers specializing in reproductive medicine are treating increasing numbers of women pursuing parenthood in their 40s, 50s, and beyond. The rise in later-life parenting can be linked to factors ranging from the advent of assisted reproductive technologies and donor oocytes to the highly publicized pregnancies of older celebrities. We explore the medical and psychosocial implications of this trend for both older parents and their children. We also discuss ethical arguments regarding older parents’ access to fertility care, existing professional guidelines, and both public and provider opinions about setting age limits for fertility treatment. Finally, we share preliminary considerations of whether age policies should be established, applied to men as well as women, and standardized or considered on a case-by-case basis…
Understanding the implications for both parents and children of advanced-age parenting is important in order to provide reproductive health professionals with critical information to guide treatment decisions and to ensure appropriate informed consent.”
Read the whole paper here. Congratulations, Dr. Zweifel!