Pregnant at 50 Like Janet Jackson? Less Than 1% With No Medical Treatment
I applaud Janet Jackson.
I congratulate Janet Jackson. I admire Janet Jackson. I think her decision to become a mom when she was ready is admirable. (How she is as a musician, actress, role model- those are outside the realm of this conversation.)
I am of the mind that it is her decision to make and I am delighted that she was able to become pregnant on her own time frame.
Janet Jackson Pregnant at 50
Here’s a fact sheet that ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) produced in 2012. In the four plus years that have passed, there have been advances in reproductive health care. The science and the medicine fields have improved egg freezing so that the viability of the eggs have increased.
A few things haven’t changed. While medicine and science have been steadily advancing the ability for women to achieve healthy pregnancies later in life, there has been little change in the ability to improve the quality of eggs. Women have all the eggs that they have when they are born and those eggs do deteriorate as we age, even as we stay vibrant, strong, healthy women. Achieving a pregnancy, without any advanced reproductive technology (ART) help when women are in their late 40’s is rare.
Why am I bringing this up? Janet Jackson hasn’t come out and made any statements yet about her pregnancy past the point that she is pregnant. And she may never discuss her pregnancy further. To read more about her “responsibilities” about talking about her pregnancy, please take a look at the Huffington Post blog that I wrote and was published last week.
So here is my point for today. Janet Jackson can be a role model in lots of ways. Dr. Joshua Hurwitz, (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist at Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT)) put it beautifully- “persistence and determination pay off in the end in terms of family building.”
The Chances of Getting Pregnant At 50 Years Old
What I fervently hope is that we don’t consider the take away message that becoming pregnant at 50 is a well-considered family building plan. Again, while Ms. Jackson is not revealing anything concerning her family building, it is without a doubt, not the norm to become pregnant at 50 without considerable help. Without considerable and expensive help.
Of course it’s possible that she became pregnant without any help at all. The percentages of that happening though, according to Dr. Spencer Richlin, (board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist and Surgical Director at RMACT) is under 1% and the possibility that it will be a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby is also under 1%. Dr. Richlin goes on to remark that looking and finding reliable data for naturally occurring pregnancies is severely limited because there are simply not enough cases out there to look at and consider.
Congratulations to Janet Jackson. If you’re a woman and thinking that you might want to wait until you’re 50, there are some things that you can do now to preview what your fertility might be like that late in the game.
Discovering Your Fertility Potential
If you’re planning on having a family, here are two events that you should consider attending to help establish your fertility potential. We want you to be able to have your family when you’re ready.
This is our (RMACT) second webinar devoted specifically to the questions and answers regarding freezing your eggs. Not ready to have your family but want to build in the possibility? Dr. Spencer Richlin will be leading the webinar and then answering questions. Register here!
If you can come in person to the RMACT Trumbull office, on June 1, we will have two of our fertility doctors and a full clinical team to perform a simple and free test. The results of this test, AMH (anti Mullerian hormone) are one of the best indicators of your fertility reserve. Please register here.
Let’s be as informed as possible. Waiting to have a baby and then finding out that you cannot or you need to go through medical treatments that you are not physically, emotionally or financially prepared for can be devastating. Make your family plans the same way in which you would consider buying a car or a house or even planning a vacation. With forethought and looking at all the different possibilities.
I want to be clear here. This is not a scare tactic. This is education for you and about you. Because we want you to have what you want in your life, when you want it.
About Lisa Rosenthal
Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.
Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.
Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.
Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.