DuJour, a New York City-based magazine, featured Norbert Gleicher, MD, CHR’s Medical Director and Chief Scientist, in its Winter 2018 issue. The article, tilted “The outer reaches of fertility: One woman makes history,” focused on CHR’s success earlier this year in helping an almost-48-year-old woman conceive and deliver a healthy girl–using her own eggs. As the article points out, this patient is so far the oldest IVF patient who has been reported in the medical literature to have had a live birth after IVF with her own eggs.
One of the factors in her success was the technique, developed at CHR, called highly individualized egg retrieval (HIER). CHR investigators developed HIER after realizing that eggs of older women go through the maturation process much faster than those of younger women, and need to be retrieved sooner, so they don’t become “overcooked.”
“I offer women hope not to give up on their dreams and not to let the world determine if you are too old. We’re mavericks, but there are a growing number of us out there,” the patient is quoted in the article.
This is a part of the December 2018 CHR VOICE.