Should women over 50 have NHS funded fertility treatment?

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It was reported in the Daily Mail this week, that women in their 50s are having fertility treatment paid for by the NHS.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority said up to 12 such women were granted IVF funding over a three-year period.

Campaigners said that public money should instead go on telling women how hard it was to get pregnant in their 50s.

This comes in the same week when we are being told that the government will stop funding 25 cancer treatments as part of its efforts to stem the soaring costs.

Josephine Quintavalle, of Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: ‘We’d be better spending money educating women about the reality of reproduction. Fertility starts to dip mid-thirties and by 50 it’s at the menopausal stage.’

What are your views … are women today not aware of their own biological time clock? Due to the pressures of work and equal opportunities are women leaving it too late to start a family? Is the age of 50 too old to be starting a family?

Should women over 50 have NHS funded Fertility Treatment?

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celtwitch
10th Apr 2015
0
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Older mums are the best mums, and a little known bonus for them is the fact that when the waters break they don't have to push, they only have to stand up and baby slides out. How cool is that?
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
2
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Has anyone thought of this (have not read ALL the posts): if you're 50 and the child is 0, then when you're 78 they are 28.
Both my parents died at age 78. My Dad had a horrendous stroke and languished on for 6months. I found it very hard to cope with at age 48. Never mind 20 years earlier (paying off
student debt, trying to get a career together, maybe with a
young family etc). What a selfish person you've got to be to
inflict the problems of ill health and death on a young person!
all because you want to reproduce yourself. If someone is so
desperate for a child why can't they adopt an older child or a
teenager.
nagonthenet
2nd Mar 2015
2
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Countrylass you beat me to it. Couldn't agree more!
countrylass
2nd Mar 2015
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NO NO NO!!! That's God's way of telling you you are not suitable to be a mother. It's sad, but just accept it and get on with life and do the best you can.
celtwitch
10th Apr 2015
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'God's way of telling you you are not suitable to be a mother.'

How offensive!
Angel48
6th Feb 2015
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Goodness, if I had had a child at 50, I would now have a teenager leaving school. No thanks, not for me.

On a more general note; surely the NHS has enough to pay out, without giving IVF treatment to women who would not naturally be having babies at that age.

It would not be fair on the child, who might find themselves orphaned while still at a vulnerable age when they would still need parental care and guidance.
pieinthesky
6th Feb 2015
2
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We keep hearing how the NHS is strapped for cash! How can this area keep getting necessary funding?
Anyone who knows about children realises that it's a young woman's game. As the child grows towards 20 ....what then ?
Alihen
27th Jan 2015
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To be honest , I do not think that fertility treatment should be available at any age on the NHS never mind for those in their 50's.
GrannyR
23rd Jan 2015
3
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If I'd had successful fertility treatment at 50, when i was reasonably healthy, I would now have a young child coming up to a teenager. In addition my health is poor as is my husband and we would just not be able to do the best for a child.
bunnyhop11
23rd Jan 2015
3
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No No No women's bodies are not meant for giving birth at that age.This is selfish what about the poor child having a mother that is the age of most grandmothers. There is an aging cycle and having a child when you are that old should not come into it.Spending on this from our depleting n.h.s is disgusting.
patwhite
23rd Jan 2015
3
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Everybody gets to an age in life where child care is in the past how will this person cope at the schools with the yummy mummies and playing games with their child we slow as we age medical fact
ella6543
22nd Jan 2015
3
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I had my son when I was 40 after many years of trying..... I felt at the time that I was definitely reaching the point where if it hadn't happened I would be 'to old'.
My son is now 7 and I adore him....I am active and he keeps me young but after work and taking care of him I am most definitely ready for my bed in the evening 🙂
I could not imagine coping with him at this age this in my 50's (hoping its more watching him in sports when he is a teenager rather than running around kicking a ball with him or out cycling lol)
I understand the desperation of wanting to be a parent (its heart-breaking) but a child needs a parent that can keep up, its unfair to them.
HJR58
22nd Jan 2015
4
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Definitely not. Very selfish. Also much more likely to run into problems during pregnancy and delivery. We are not meant to have babies other than grandchildren at this age!
Heatherlea05
22nd Jan 2015
3
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I am 55 and have my 16 month old grandaughter 2 days a week, sometimes I also have her sister too who is 5,love to have them but boy am I shattered at end of day.
dozyrose7
22nd Jan 2015
4
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this is thoughly selfish. Have can they really believe that a mother in her 60's could possible cope or benifit a teenager. And as fit as they might think they are they are not and never will be as fit as a young mum.
ragnar18
22nd Jan 2015
5
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Absolutely not I can't imagine how hard it would be to have a teenager when you're In your seventies it was hard enough when I was in my 40s I think that money should go to younger infertile women to give them more chances to become mothers if you're over 50 and need to mother something try fostering there are lots of children in care that desperately need love and guidance
Kate1
23rd Jan 2015
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My mum had me at 43 and I definitely felt the age gap. I am the youngest of eight. She lived until 96 and I was lucky to have her until then when the relationship got much closer. Dad was nearly fifty when I was born. The thought of having children at that age for me, fills me with dread, I just wouldn't have the energy - two grandchildren wear me out after one night but always look forward to their next visit.
Archiebald
21st Jan 2015
4
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I do not think we should mess around with fertility like this
Humble
21st Jan 2015
4
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Not at all. Why have babies that late ? Most people that age are full of heath issues. Think of your little one dearly missing you when you pass on...
I would not dare seeing myself in that situation... As some say: we can create our own troubles !
Baxi
21st Jan 2015
4
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No - we shouldn't mess around with nature like that. The health risks for older mothers giving birth are huge.
crazyaboutcaivano
20th Jan 2015
4
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I look after my 3-year old grandson two days a week and overnight and am on my knees by the time his mother collects him! You need to be young, fit and active to keep up with a little one. There are so many unwanted youngsters in care who dream of a loving and stable home - why not encourage older women to think of fostering or adoption instead of fertility treatment?
Jo Kingham
20th Jan 2015
5
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No! For me it's too old to start having kids - you'd be in your 60's when your children are at primary school and would never keep up!

For me we'd be better off using the money for other things

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