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    Default Survey Calls for IVF to be banned for all women over the age of 40

    http://www.mamamia.com.au/parenting/women-ivf-40/

    I heard about this controversial proposal of the UK's on the radio this morning and when posed the question to the radio listeners, as expected, there were those who were vehemently against the idea, and others (namely adult children of parent who conceived over the age of 40) not in favour.

    Thoughts?

    *Please be mindful in your answers as this is a sensitive subject for many of our members.*
    Last edited by Mod-Uniquey; 27-02-2014 at 10:30. Reason: oops, meant to write 'not in favour' as opposed to 'in favour'

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    For me, I don't feel comfortable with any notion that imposes an age restriction on a woman's right to bare children, provided they can support those children. I know that a lot of women spend many years of heartache on the IVF/ fertility train and often come out broken. I understand the UK is concerned about the cost of IVF to the NHS health system over there, hence wanting a cut off for IVF rounds.
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    It makes me angry that there is a perception that an older mother isn't going to be a good mother - what the hell?

    I think anyone judging anyone's parenting potential based solely on their age needs to take a step back and mind their own business.

    I have no issue with a woman over 40 going through IVF in order to conceive a child. It's a hard road, and it simply shows to me that the woman is yearning to be a mother. She is desperate to have a child to love. What's wrong with that? What makes a young mum better?

    I've frequently heard young mothers bag out older mothers, and of course young mums cop a lot of judgement too. We see it here all the time. If people are happy with the age they were when they had children, that's great - leave it at that. Enjoy your own personal sense of satisfaction without telling others they are too young/too old. We all shouldn't have to defend our choices.

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    I haven't read the article but I think 40 is too young to be the cut-off.

    I do however think there is a point where IVF shouldn't be an option. There comes a point where IVF & pregnancy become too risky for mother and baby so that needs to outweigh a desire for biological children. It should be a decision made by highly qualified specialists in the area if an age restriction is imposed.

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    I think it should be up to the individual woman/couple when they want to stop. There's too many factors as to why a woman may still need IVF after 40.

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    It doesn't bother me one bit what age a woman (or man) has a child. I'm pretty sure in our grandparents era it was relatively common to have a child or two in your 40s actually.

    However, I don't think it is out of the question to ask if it is a wise use of health $$ to fund IVF for women that have an approx. 2% chance of conceiving. I'm sorry if that offends anyone, but our government health budget has a lot to stretch to, and with such small odds of success, I'm not sure if it couldn't be more wisely allocated.

    That is not a judgement call on people's ability to be a good parent, it's just my 2c.

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    I think 40 is too young for women to be cut-off but I do agree with PP that there is a point in time where it needs to stop due to health risks to mother and baby. If the odds of falling pregnant are also getting slimmer and slimmer with advancing age, couples end up losing thousands and thousands of $$ to IVF, with no end result that just prolongs heartache, and I have trouble with how ethical this is. I don't feel its right for doctors/clinics to continue taking money from people when their chances of falling pregnant are next to none.

    I don't think IVF should be available to women who have hit menopause (unless the woman had early menopause eg age 30) so I guess that is where my personal cut-off is.

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    I would like to hear what the 'adult children' of older moms are saying

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hers&Hers View Post
    I would like to hear what the 'adult children' of older moms are saying
    Yes, me too!

    As a woman approaching 40 without kids yet, I would hate to have this option stripped away from me.

    Women can still conceive naturally over 40, so I agree with the other posters who've said that age limit is too young.

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    Many women have a baby naturally at 40, i think it's way too young a cut off.

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