Bpas comment on fertility study published in Human Reproduction:
“Fertility does not fall off a cliff at 35, and increasing numbers of women are successfully starting their families later. It does however become that much harder to conceive as we get older, it may take longer, and certain risks increase – although these must be kept in perspective. Women are not ignorant of the difficulties they may face, but there are many reasons why they may want to wait before starting or expanding a family – including securing the kind of environment they think it is appropriate to raise a child in. Rather than constantly warning women of the dangers of waiting, we should explore what more we can do to support women having their children earlier – if that is their wish, and ensure swift and fair access to assisted conception services for those who are struggling to conceive, whatever their age.”
For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377 or 07788 725185 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For a copy of the paper, please contact Emma Mason.
The bpas report, Becoming a Mother: Understanding Women’s Choices Today, which explores the reasons why women are choosing to give start their families later in life, is available online here.