Is 72 Years Old Too Old For IVF Treatment? Yes, Jenny Brown!

How old is too old for IVF?

72 is too old in my honest opinion!

According to, a 72 year old woman is going through IVF. “If she is successful with what will be her seventh course of IVF she will become the oldest mother in the world.” The woman, known as Jenny Brown, spent most of her life seeking degrees in medical sciences and zoology which left little time to start a family.

Personally, I think this is CRAZY! These are the stories that give IVF and fertility treatments a bad name and that give fertility clinics a HORRIBLE name. Best of luck Jenny Brown. I think you are in for a long road ahead!

Soy and Poor Sperm Quality

You might think that you are doing your body good by eating a lot of soy. Soy can definitely be a healthy source of protein but it’s not healthy for male sperm production. It contains a natural source of estrogen that can interfere with male sperm production. Men trying to get their partners pregnant should steer away from soy protein and get their protein from other sources such as chicken breast, yogurt, cheeses, milk, etc.

Also, just because you stay away from soy products does not mean you are not eating soy. Soy can be found in many everyday foods we eat that are packaged and processed so be sure to read labels before purchasing your food. It’s also a good idea to ask waiters if the meal you are ordering at a restaurant has soy. They can usually point you in the right direction to a dish that would be better for your situation.

In the end, soy is not going to kill you but it can keep you from producing the quality and quantity of sperm you need to get your partner pregnant. Do yourself a favor an get your proteins from another source, at least while you are trying to get pregnant.

Keep Your Body Temperature Cool During Pregnancy

It’s great to exercise during pregnancy but don’t push it and heat up your body too much. Raising your core body temperature over 102 degrees Fahrenheit can increase the chance of miscarriage and birth defects.

It’s a good idea to take it easy on the workouts even if you are trying to get pregnant and are not pregnant yet. Consider it “pregnancy training”. You can keep cool while exercising by working out in a cool gym or room or outdoors if you have a moderate climate. Swimming and water aerobics are great pregnancy exercises and work the entire body while keeping your body temperature down if you are in cool water.

Just use your head when exercising. Exercise is essential to a healthy pregnancy but overdoing it will only hurt. If you have specific questions, make sure to ask your fertility doctor or OB-GYN for more detailed information on exercising while trying to get pregnant or exercising when you are pregnant.

Gluten Allergy Causing Infertility?

Celiac disease might be affecting your fertility without you even knowing it. Celiac disease is an allergy to gluten. Gluten is a protein that is found in most wheat, rye, barley and oats products as well as many other types of everyday foods.

A gluten allergy affects fertility by making it hard for people to absorb food properly. This results in a lack of vitamins and nutrients that the body needs so your hormones can stimulate the ovaries. This in turn can prevent ovulation.

The treatment for a gluten allergy is strictly dietary. You will need to follow a gluten-free diet and learn to balance your vitamins and nutrients properly. Once a person who suffers from gluten allergies starts a gluten-free diet, your body and fertility will go back to a healthy state. So, if you are diagnosed with celiac disease, get on your gluten-free diet as soon as possible so you can overcome infertility.