At Reproductive Medicine Institute, we provide personalized fertility treatment. We use the latest technology to help patients overcome many of the challenges associated with age and fertility, including a diminished ovarian reserve. With six board-certified specialists and state-of-the-art facilities, we can provide you with outstanding care.
Voiceover: The best part of my job working here is forming the friendships and bonds with the patients that come in every day. See them on a daily basis sometimes, and we are literally holding their hand throughout this journey. And I love being able to help the patients really have a successful outcome with a positive pregnancy as a result. Voiceover: Older mothers, older fathers, we've heard all the stories through the news and the Hollywood grapevine. But what is the real truth when it comes to how old is too old? The medical professionals of Reproductive Medicine Institute, with locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs, know these discussions all too well. Dr. Trukhacheva: Many women come to us with this question and ask us is there anything they can do to extend the life of their eggs. In general, for women, age is the most critical factor that reflects on the egg supply and the egg quality. For some reason, we don't fully understand it, women release the best eggs younger in life, and when time goes by and women get older than 30 and older than 35 and older than 40, the egg supply goes down and the proportion of abnormal eggs goes up. Voiceover: Statistics that demonstrate a dramatic drop in fertility often starting as early as 30 years old. Dr. Trukhacheva: So, in general, when women get older, older than 35 and older than 40 and older than 42, 43, the chances to conceive become lower, the chances to have a miscarriage become higher, and the chances to have abnormal baby with chromosomal abnormalities become higher. With the advancement of technology, now what we can do, we can create the embryos and screen the embryos for all the chromosomes, and then, in the future, only use normal embryos. And if we do that, the chances for the embryos to implant become much higher even for older women, the chances to have a miscarriage become much lower, and the chances to have abnormal babies become extremely low for those abnormalities explained by chromosomes.