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Older women exploited by IVF clinics, says fertility watchdog

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Health Desk-22 April, 2019: Older women are being exploited by IVF clinics "trading on hope", the fertility watchdog has warned.

Sally Cheshire, chairwoman of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), told the Daily Telegraph some private clinics were using "selective success rates" to target older women.

IVF is less likely to be successful as a woman gets older.

Since 2004 the number of women in their 40s undergoing fertility treatment has doubled to 10,835 in 2017.

The Telegraph said new figures showed that, among those using their own eggs, just 75 women aged 42 to 43 will end up with a baby.

For those over 44, there was a success rate of just 1% between 2004 and 2017, the paper added.

In an interview with the newspaper, Mrs Cheshire called for clinics to be "honest and transparent" with women about their chances of success.

"What the clinics shouldn't be doing is trading on that hope," she said.

Courtesy: BBC Health