Pregnancy beyond 65: report of a unique case and discussion of a controversial issue

Marta Simó González, Joaquim Calaf Alsina, Núria Terribas Sala, Nerea Luqui Scarcelli, Juliana Plana Borrás, Ana Polo Ramos

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© 2016 The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health. We present the case report of a 66-year-old woman who was attended at our gynaecology department at a tertiary university hospital in Barcelona, Spain for a high-risk pregnancy and comment on the obstetric implications and bioethical issues. We retrospectively analysed clinical data about the case and bibliographic references related to the issue. The woman underwent in vitro fertilisation of donated embryos in a private centre and came to our unit at 27 weeks of gestation for pregnancy care. At 33 weeks, she presented pre-eclampsia and a caesarean section was performed. She gave birth to healthy twin boys. Four months later, she returned to our centre with the diagnosis of ovarian cancer and died 30 months after delivery. We present the clinical course and management of this pregnancy and comment on the obstetric implications, the impact on maternal and neonatal health, and bioethical issues related to assisted reproduction techniques in pregnancies beyond the natural reproductive age.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)496-498
JournalEuropean Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


  • assisted reproduction
  • bioethical connotations
  • Fertility
  • older women
  • pregnancy


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