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Demand for fertility treatment risen

Published on 09/08/2010
The demand for fertility treatment has increased as more couples are finding problems conceiving when they choose to start a family later in life, claimed Sarah Montagu, administration secretary at the Association of Radical Midwives.

She said that couples who wait can "discover that it's not as they hoped it would be".

Ms Montagu noted that women who receive IVF treatment are risking their health, which could lead some couples to consider taking out health insurance.

"Every time you do an egg retrieval there are risks," she said. "Even if it's a fairly routine operation these days it's still an operation and every operation carries certain risks."

Her comments come after researchers at the University of California-San Francisco discovered that the chances of becoming pregnant with various forms of fertility treatment may start to fall after two or three tries with the same tactic.

While couples had an 85 per cent rate of pregnancy after undergoing two cycles of treatment with fertility drugs, this rate fell to 29 per cent on the third go.
 
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