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99-year-old Grandmother Receives Letter From Hospital Informing Her That She Is Pregnant

99-year-old Grandmother Receives Letter From Hospital Informing Her That She Is Pregnant

Receiving a mail by mistake, which is not for us, is something that can happen. But when a grandma receives a letter announcing that she is pregnant, we can say that the situation is not trivial. Yet this grandmother, much to her astonishment, almost came to believe it, since the mail in question understood her name and date of birth as reported by our colleagues from the English Independent newspaper.

A mail that can be described as fun
Getting pregnant at almost 100 years seems incredible. Yet Doris Ayling, a 99-year-old grandmother with 3 children and 20 grandchildren, did receive a letter from the hospital asking her to bring a urine sample for a prenatal examination, even though her date birth was very precise. Stunned at first by the contents of the letter, Doris quickly realized that it was an administrative error of the Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, who also apologized.

Doris, who has not been pregnant for 70 years, said with a hint of amusement that her children, who are also retirees, are not ready to have a new brother or sister. She added elsewhere and always with a touch of mockery that the staff of the hospital had to force on the amount of wine, drunk the eve of the holiday season.

Also, this story was published on social networks and entertained a lot of readers.

What is the age limit for getting pregnant?
For a number of women, getting pregnant is easy, while for others, this is impossible and conceiving a baby can seek medical help. Many factors contribute to a woman's infertility, since age can contribute because of the decreasing number of eggs.

According to experts, women who want to have a child should consider doing so before age 35 to avoid infertility. Today, with the late marriage of women who are more dedicated to their careers, pregnancy is becoming more and more late. But fertility decreases considerably from the age of 30 years. The British health agency (NHS) estimates that 95% of women aged 35 can have a child after three years, compared to 75% for those aged 38.

What is the reason for this decline in fertility?
The decline in fertility is associated with the reduction in the number of eggs that the woman has. Thus, at the age of 30, a woman will see a drop in her eggs of 12%. Also, experts estimate that beyond the age of 40, in vitro fertilization may be necessary but may be difficult.

In the same context, researchers say that 24% of couples fail in their attempt to have a pregnancy, even after a year of attempts.

Is pregnancy possible after the age of 40?
Getting pregnant at 40 is possible but difficult. According to Professor François Olivennes, obstetrician and specialist in infertility treatments when a woman is 40, her eggs are aging and decline, hence the decline in fertility but it can be done in 65% of cases.

In vitro fertilization can therefore be considered even if the success rate is around 2% after the age of 44 years.

Moreover, after the age of 40, the risk of having a child with trisomy 21 is increased, since the rate of chromosomal abnormalities in oocytes is increasing gradually as a woman ages.

Despite all the disadvantages and risks associated with a late pregnancy, there has been in recent years that more and more women with more than 50 years, became pregnant by using in vitro fertilization. In an article in Le Figaro, it is reported that the number of pregnant women over 50 years is increasing significantly in the United Kingdom. 

99-year-old Grandmother Receives Letter From Hospital Informing Her That She Is Pregnant