Counselling may be a better use of resources

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.689c (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:689
  1. Darren Shickle,
  2. Peter Donnelly,
  3. Sharon Hopkins,
  4. Su Vuilo
  1. Lecturer Senior lecturer Centre for Applied Public Health Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF1 3NW
  2. Consultant in public health medicine Consultant in public health medicine South Glamorgan Health Authority, Cardiff CF1 3NW

    EDITOR,—The ethical debate on in vitro fertilisation for older women and the interests of the potential child1 attracted considerable attention in the media, although the media failed to report that age cut offs have primarily been instituted on the basis of effectiveness. We agree that if the take home baby rate after in vitro fertilisation among older women were to improve then there would be a case for re-evaluating guidelines. We accept that if the interests of the child …

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