Monday, September 17, 2007

IVF News - Fertility poll warns women leave motherhood too late

IVF News - Fertility poll warns women leave motherhood too late: "Fertility poll warns women leave motherhood too late Katy Sinclair Progress Educational Trust 10 September 2007 Discuss this article Read comments Add to favorites [BioNews, London] A fertility survey commissioned by RED magazine has warned that women are leaving attempts to conceive until after their 30th birthday, with the result that more than a third of all couples in Britain are experiencing fertility problems. The poll surveyed 3,200 women between the ages of 30 and 45, with 35 per cent admitting that they experienced fertility problems, a much higher number than the estimated 16 per cent. Of those questioned, 5 per cent had tried IVF, but only 23 per cent of that number had their treatment funded on the NHS. This is contrary to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines that every couple should have at least one IVF cycle funded by the NHS, which had been endorsed by the former Health Secretary John Reid. The survey further found that, despite the average cost of each IVF cycle being £4,782, only 47 per cent of women undergoing treatment would eventually have a baby. It is now estimated that women in this age group in the UK spend £1.7 billion per year on fertility treatments. The survey opined that some of reasons for the increase in proble"

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