Age limits on infertility treatment and adoption

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1515b (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1515
  1. Rachel Joyce,
  2. Jonathan Hildebrand
  1. Registrar in public health medicine, Registrar in public health medicine, Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority, Wilson Hospital, Mitcham, Surrey CR4 4TP.

    EDITOR,—C J Redgment and colleagues highlight the fact that older women face obstacles if they wish to conceive by gamete intrafallopian transfer or in vitro fertilisation.1 Other obstacles may also be placed in the way of older women who wish to become mothers. Two recent cases have highlighted the discrimination practised against older women with regard to their wish to conceive or adopt children. In one a woman was apparently denied in vitro fertilisation solely because she was over 35 and this was the cut off age for this procedure in the health authority concerned. In the other case a couple in their 40s, considered to be too old …

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