When singer Celine Dion had her twin boys three years ago at age 42, she turned to In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) to help conceive.
No stranger to IVF, the Canadian singer had her first treatment to have her first child when she was 33. With her twin boys, it didn’t go as smoothly.
“For the twins I did IVF six times one after the other,” Dion told the British newspaper the Sunday People.
Success rates for IVF vary depending on a woman’s age and the number of eggs retrieved during treatment. Women under 35, as Dion was when she had her first boy, have IVF success rates between 41-43%, according to the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technologies.
The success rate for women over the age of 41, when Dion was trying to conceive a second time, are between 13-18%.
“I thought as long as my health permitted me and unless my doctor thought physically I couldn’t do it, then I would go on with the IVF until someone told me to stop,” Dion said about the six treatments needed to conceive the twins, while also hinting she may do it again.
“There’s nothing that can top being a mother. I’d like more but I don’t know. It’s selfish to keep wanting more – although I would love a girl.”
Dion and others who have traditionally had lower IVF success rates will benefit from new genetic testing allowing for the selection of the best embryo.
"It is hard to overstate how revolutionary this [new test] is," Doctor Michael Glassner recently said. "This increases pregnancy rates by 50% across the board and reduces miscarriages by a similar margin. It will be much less expensive. In five years, this will be state of the art and everyone who comes for IVF will have it."
Learn about IVF costs, success rates, doctor reviews and more within the In Vitro Fertilization Resource Guide. To consult with an IVF doctor, look through LocateADoc.com profiles to find a specialist in your area.
Photo By Anirudh Koul (Celine Dion Concert) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons