Older Couples Trying to Conceive Urged to Try IVF First

iStock/Thinkstock(HANOVER, N.H.) -- In vitro fertilization seems to be the best course of action for middle-aged couples having problems with conceiving.

That’s the result of clinical trial conducted by Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine.

IVF involves an egg and sperm joined in a lab dish with the embryo later implanted in the mother’s womb.

Lead researcher Marlene Goldman suggested that couples may be wasting time using oral or injectable fertility drugs, once past 35.

According to Goldman, women 38 and older had a much better chance of getting pregnant through IVF than oral drugs and after the trial was completed. Four of the five women who had babies, had them conceived using IVF.

There is one major stumbling block, however. Most insurance companies don’t cover IVF treatments, which can range from $6,000 to $15,000. In fact, only 20 percent of states require that IVF be covered by medical insurance.

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