IVF clinics help women to have 60 babies, despite a higher risk of miscarriage and stillbirth, because there is no legal age limit, because the oldest mother of Great Britain, 66, says it's how you get inside that counts
- No legal or legal closure of supervisors that tells doctors to limit ages
- Doctor says it is & # 39; sexist & # 39; is that older women can not have children if older men can
- British women are at greater risk of miscarriage or stillbirth after menopause
- Elizabeth Adeney became the oldest mother of Great Britain in 2009 at the age of 66
Victoria Allen for the Daily Mail
British IVF clinics help women up to age 55 to have babies – because there is no legal age limit.
A private physician in the UK said he would consider giving birth to 60-year-old children.
For years, many medical experts have refused IVF for women over 50 years of age who have used donated eggs from a younger woman to become pregnant.
But there is no legal separation and no supervision by the regulator of fertility, so clinics are free to push the boundaries. Critics now say that they should be confronted with stricter rules.
For years, many medical experts have refused IVF for women over 50 years of age who have used donated eggs from a younger woman to become pregnant
London Women & # 39; s Clinic is willing to treat women when they give birth at the age of 55, while the Glasgow Center for Reproductive Medicine ensures that the patients get a baby at 55.
Dr. Marco Gaudoin, medical director of GCRM, said he would consider giving a 60-year-old a child, adding that it is sexist & # 39; was to suggest that older women can not have children if older men can.
British women undergo menopause at an average age of 51 and are at greater risk of miscarriage, stillbirth and having a premature baby when they give birth.
Critics point out that children born of a mother in their fifties may have to see how they get sick and die if they are still young themselves.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encourages women to have children between the ages of 20 and 35.
It is how you feel inside, says UK & # 39; s oldest mother, 66
Elizabeth Adeney became the oldest mother of Great Britain in 2009 after the birth of her 66-year-old son
Elizabeth Adeney became the oldest mother of Great Britain in 2009 after the birth of her 66-year-old son.
The divorced woman had fertility treatment in Ukraine, using donor egg and semen.
She said at the time: & # 39; It is not the physical age that is important, but how I feel inside. Some days I feel 39. Others, I feel 56. & # 39;
Ms Adeney, managing director of a plastics company, received fertility treatment two decades earlier during her short-lived marriage with Robert Adeney.
A source close to Mr. Adeney said that marriage failed because of her all-consuming desire to have a child.
Mrs. Adeney had her son Joylon, which means "young in spirit," by cesarean surgery before she returned to work four weeks later. She left her baby in the shelter of a babysitter at her £ 600,000 house in Suffolk.
She said that what she had done between me, my baby and no one else & # 39; was and rejected the fact that she had no partner or brothers and sisters to help her, and said: "I am perfectly able to take care of myself. I've done it for years. & # 39;
The divorced (photo) had fertility treatment in Ukraine, using donor egg and semen
In 2016, the last year for which figures are available, 20 women were born in England and Wales aged 55 and older. Since 2000, more than 150 children have had a child.
Most people over 55 use donated eggs from a younger woman because they do not have their own eggs, because they have passed the menopause or if they only have a few good eggs.
Susan Bewley, emeritus professor of obstetrics and women's health at King's College in London, said: "Even those who are physically fit or use eggs from a younger woman are still at a much greater risk of hospitalization, stillbirth, premature babies & pre-eclampsia.
& # 39; My concern is the known high maternal mortality rate and the number & # 39; near-accidents & # 39 ;.
& # 39; The IVF industry does not want to help itself out of the market. It has always pushed the boundaries. This is why it would be wise if the medical world were to set standards for clinics. & # 39;
Dr Nick Macklon, medical director of the London Women's Clinic who treats women with donated eggs up to the age of 54, said: & # 39; Women were expected to carry out all their life duties in 15 years between the ages of 25 and 40 clotting years, including having a career, finding a man and having children.
Hundreds of thousands demand that the prime minister put an end to the & # 39; zip code lottery & # 39; of the NHS IVF treatment, as only 13% of clinics in England offer the standard three attempts
More more than 100,000 people have supported a petition calling for an end to the & # 39; zip code lottery & # 39; of the NHS fertility treatment.
Guidelines recommend that women under 40 are offered IVF and that some of 40 to 42 years of age are given one cycle.
But the campaign group Fertility Network said that this is not mandatory and that only about 13 percent of the 195 clinical order groups in England offered the three NHS-funded cycles.
It urges the government to create a more equitable system so that couples across the country have equal access to IVF at the health service.
It will present its 102,000-strong petition to Theresa May in Downing Street this afternoon.
& # 39; The technology we have opens so that they are longer. We believe that an age limit for them to deliver on 54 is reasonable. & # 39;
The private clinic has accepted 26 women aged 51 to 54 for egg donation treatment in the three years that the policy is in force.
Dr. Macklon said: Women aged 50 and over are asked to confirm with a midwife that they are fit and healthy for pregnancy, while their medical and social circumstances are assessed from the point of view of child well-being. & # 39;
Dr. Gaudoin said: & # 39; There is a sexist element in saying that women can not have children in their fifties, when men can do that in their years & # 39; 70 and & # 39; 80. There is a & # 39; bachefactor & # 39; and these prejudices must be challenged. & # 39;
The 55-year-old clinic of his clinic for women using donor eggs was determined by the ethics committee. But it is not a & # 39; general limit & # 39; and Dr. Gaudoin said he would consider treating a 60-year-old woman if she was mentally and physically healthy before asking the committee to also consider the application.
Dr. Gaudoin said: We take a thorough medical and family history of these women and also ask their GP how they think that they and their partners will do it. & # 39;
Because there would be an age limit for IVF with donated eggs, the law should change. The Department of Health could do this if there was sufficient pressure and there were indications of bad practices.
Regulator The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority has the authority to give guidelines to tell clinics that they are not allowed to exceed a certain age, but that they have not yet done so.
The HFEA and the Ministry of Health emphasized that clinics are obliged to take into account both the patient's circumstances and the interests of any resulting child before proceeding.