Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Experts Warn of Risks as More Older Women Choose to Have IVF

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Experts Warn of Risks as More Older Women Choose to Have IVF

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A RECORD number of older women are undergoing fertility treatment.

Figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), published for the first time today, show increasing numbers of women in their forties are opting for IVF.

The HFEA report says: "From the late Nineties onwards, an increasing proportion of women have entered into fertility treatment at a later age.

"This trend mirrors natural conception, where the average age of childbirth has increased over the years." Half of all births in Britain are to mothers aged over 30, compared with just over a quarter 20 years ago.

Over-35s account for nine per cent of all births, more than twice the figure 20 years ago, while the pregnancy rate in women over 40 is rising faster than in any other age group.

Older mothers are already known to be at greater risk of problem pregnancies, miscarriages and stillbirth.

They also face a greater chance of having babies with Down's Syndrome and other genetic disorders, and are believed to be at a higher risk of developing hereditary breast cancer. …

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