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Researcher responds to "Don't delay motherhood past 35" headlines Image

Researcher responds to "Don't delay motherhood past 35" headlines

The front page story in The Daily Telegraph on Wednesday 17th June 2015 claimed “a major study showed that fertility falls off a ‘cliff edge’ soon after” age 35. In fact the study by Dr Marta Devesa and colleagues only looked at the success rates of IVF in women over 37.

Dr Marta Devesa, Departamento de Obstetricia, Ginecología y Medicina de la Reproducción, Hospital Universitario Quirón - Dexeus in Barcelona, Spain and presenting author on the study:

"Our study did not look at the fertility of all women but just of those over 37 years old with fertility issues who came to our clinic. We looked at the chances of a live birth following a single fertility treatment with a fresh embryo transfer and any subsequent frozen embryo transfers. We found that success rates declined significantly with age. These findings are useful for doctors to give their patients precise information regarding their real chances of success of having a baby with IVF, using their own eggs at that age."

Document type: For The Record

Published: 17 June 2015


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