New fertility breakthrough could be a game-changer for women in their 40s

Wendy Wisner

These days, more and more women are delaying childbearing. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, but deciding to have children later in life can carry some risks in terms of conception and pregnancy. Past the age of 35 or so, a woman’s chances of infertility, miscarriage, and birth defects increase — and continue to do into your fabulous 40s and beyond.

But there may be hope for women who choose to delay childbearing until their more seasoned years. A new study out of the University of Edinburgh published in Fertility and Sterility, found that the use of a hormone called DHEA could make older women’s wombs more hospitable to fertilized eggs.

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