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Singleton said Southeastern treats patients between the ages of 21 and 50, but once women get to be 40 or older they likely are using donor eggs.
“We will transfer donor egg embryos until [women are] age 50,” she said.
Singleton said she’s seen a growing trend of more people seeking fertility treatments, but for a couple of different reasons. Some couples are waiting longer to have children – with many women seeking careers first. But the numbers might be growing simply because people know more about the available options, she said.
“Diagnostic and treatment procedures have improved. The ability to help people has improved, so they’re seeking our help,” Singleton said. “Plus, people are more familiar with it. In the past many were afraid of the technology, but they’re more understanding of what it can provide for them.”
According to the Mayo Clinic’s website, between 10 percent and 15 percent of couples in the United States are infertile. The Mayo Clinic website suggests that any couple who has unsuccessfully attempted to conceive a child for a full year – or six months or the woman is 34 or older – should receive an assessment to see if there’s an issue.
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