It is not new news that women of 44 and above are unlikely to be able to achieve a full term pregnancy without the help of donor eggs but it was good to hear Adam Balen, current Chair of the British Fertility Society saying so on the Today programme this morning. He also helpfully drew attention to celebrity pregnancies that would appear to buck the trend but are most likely to be with the help of an unacknowledged egg donor. The latest evidence for female fertility declining sharply in the early forties comes from a large study of Spanish women presented at the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology’s (ESHRE) meeting in Lisbon this week. You can read the Guardian’s take on this here http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jun/17/women-ivf-birth-donor-eggs and Kate Brian’s blog on the same topic here http://fertilitymatters.org.uk/fertility-treatment-2/new-advice-to-women-of-44-and-over-doing-ivf/
Me, I’m off to Brittany for a week on Sunday so unless there is something dramatic to write about before then, I’ll be back at the computer on 29th June.