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The telegraph has recently reported that women could remain fertile indefinitely, after successful ovarian transplants has lead to births delaying the menopause, doctors have told a conference.
A technique to remove pieces of ovary, store it for decades and then replace it with delicate surgery could effectively put a woman's menopause 'on ice', doctors said. The only thing preventing them from having babies into their old age would be their physical ability to carry a pregnancy, they said.
Older mums who wait until after they have a career, are more likely to 'over-prepare' for their first-born and struggle when things don't go as planned, a study suggest; often leading to an increase in postnatal depression. The findings are of great significance in the UK, where an increasing number of women are choosing to delay becoming a mum until they are more financially secure.
Desperate housewife star Marcia Cross began fertility treatment aged 44 and went on to give birth to twin daughters Eden and Savannah. But despite hailing her girls as 'a miracle', she has no illusions about having children later in life. When asked about being the 'poster girl' for older mothers, Marcia, who had a difficult pregnancy, revealed it is not a good idea.
A baby boom among older women has trebled the number giving birth after their 40th birthday. Almost 27,000 babies were born to mothers over 40 last year, figures revealed yesterday. The unprecedented level is nearly three times the total of 20 years ago and up by 50 per cent over the past decade.
A 59 year-old woman has backed out of IVF (in vitro fertilisation) treatment at the last minute, as she feels the risks at her age are too great. Susan Tollefsen said she was worried after she nearly died following ill-effects from her previous IVF-enabled birth.
'We've basically decided the risks are too great and I'm too old. My advice to older women wanting children is don't risk it', said Mrs Tollefsen, a retired teacher.