IVF clinics preying on the hopes of older women

Expensive IVF treatments are being sold to women in their forties who hope to become pregnant. However, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has said these clinics are "trading on hope". 

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Why this story matters:

The number women using IVF into their forties doubled between 2007 and 2017, however the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has expressed its concern that these women are being exploited.

HFEA has said that some IVF clinics are “trading on hope” and using “selective success rates” to gain the custom of older women. Of the women aged 42-43 who use their own eggs, only 75 will fall pregnant. For women over 44, just 1% will conceive using IVF.

British NHS guidelines suggest that women hoping to conceive with IVF should have the number of treatments they are eligible for restricted. Those between the age of 40-42 are recommended to only attempt IVF once, those under 40 however are recommended to try three times.

Details from the story:

  • The number of women in their forties who used IVF in 2017 was 10,835.
  • This has led to calls for greater transparency in the chances of success when using IVF treatments.
  • IVF is not usually recommended to women above the age of 42.

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