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    I believe everyone should have better access to fertility assistance and it should be more affordable for those who need it, but I feel that there are higher risks with pregnancies of older women.

    That said it is hard to support a legislation that takes away women's choices.

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    I'm not sure about the cut off of 40. It's a bit harsh.

    However the thought of a 50 year old woman having a baby via IVF gives me a bad case of the heeby jeebies. At the least I don't think there should be any government assistance for IVF for a 50+ year old.

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    My mum had me at 2 months off turning 40 and we are very close. I do think 40 is a bit young. Its hard to suggest an exact age but there does come a point where I think its not in the best interests of the child and parents.

    My sister had her 3rd child 2 years ago , concieved naturally at 42

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    Loads of women conceive naturally at 40, it is definitely to young.

    I do however think there should be an age cut-off, not sure what that age should be though.

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    This makes me really really angry. Had IVF not been so damned expensive (we are looking at 8-10k per cycle in the country) we would have used it already and I'm not 40 but on the downward slope and DH is already in his 40's.

    Yes there is a higher likelihood of problems after 40 in both parents. But unless you have been through the absolute anguish of not being able to have a baby, you really have no basis to criticise.

    Could you imagine if they suggested banning IVF for under 25's bc they aren't 'mature' enough? or under 20's bc studies show there is also increased risk of issues as well?

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    Given the statistics in that article it does seem kind of wasteful of government $ to be funding ivf for the over 45's. Pretty sure using donor eggs would change that so that would have to be taken into consideration.

    Kind of sad that they fund it with such dismal statistics but don't fund surrogacy at all given it has a much higher success rate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by delirium View Post
    Could you imagine if they suggested banning IVF for under 25's bc they aren't 'mature' enough? or under 20's bc studies show there is also increased risk of issues as well?
    Do you really want me to answer these questions..?......

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    Do you really want me to answer these questions..?......

    lol I think I know your stance. But young'ens would be up in arms. But somehow it's ok to consider cutting funding for older women..... coz they are old!

    I also find those that are quick to jump on the bandwagon for cutting funding to older women have never had fertility issues. Come join some of the long term ttc threads I'm in people. Women that try for YEARS and just can't get pg. Oh wouldn't it be lovely to accidentally get pg over and over (that wasn't directed to you Vic, just a general whine)

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    If the nhs is worried about cost, perhaps they should stop funding pseudoscientific therapies with no evidence to support their use and channel those funds to ivf instead, perhaps make it and other fertility treatments more affordable to women before they hit 40? Or make adoption more accessible?
    I don't agree with an arbitrary limit, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    If the nhs is worried about cost, perhaps they should stop funding pseudoscientific therapies with no evidence to support their use and channel those funds to ivf instead, perhaps make it and other fertility treatments more affordable to women before they hit 40? Or make adoption more accessible?
    I don't agree with an arbitrary limit, no.
    Completely agree. Furthermore, give more funding full stop and take it back to where it was several years ago where the gap was smaller. Children should not be a right of the rich! I know it's a lot of money but the people that fall from IVF are raising future tax payers.

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