Sunday, December 30, 2007


More than 20 babies a year are being born to women aged over 50 through IVF treatment, according to the latest official figures.

A total of 24 women out of 96 aged over 50 who were treated at British fertility clinics in 2002 succesfully gave birth.
Between 1992 and 2002 the number of births to women aged 45 to 49 has increased from 15 to 106, and the number of those over 50 has increased by 24 times. Over the decade the total number of births through IVF has trebled: from 2,360 to 7,740.
The figures were released by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority amid controversy over Patricia Rashbrook, 63, who announced last week that she was seven months pregnant. Dr Rashbrook conceived the baby boy using a donor egg obtained in Russia and sperm from her husband John, 61. The NHS refuses to treat women over the age of 39 but there is no legal limit for the 85 private clinics. TO READ FULL ARTICLE, CLICK BELOW:,,8122-2170649,00.html

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