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More women over 40 seek fertility treatment

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39238.553322.4E (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1187
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The number of women older than 40 years being treated for infertility has increased more than 10-fold in the past 15 years, the latest figures from the UK fertility watchdog show.

    About one in seven women (15% or 6174 women) seeking fertility treatment was aged between 40 and 45 in 2006, compared with less than one in 10 (9.2% or 596 women) in 1991, according to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

    The authority says that the increase in older women seeking help comes despite the fact that its data show much less significant improvements in success rates in this age group compared with younger women. The average age of a woman seeking fertility …

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