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Women Urged to Test for Fertility at 30

by Amelia Hill and Anushka Asthana ,  Guardian UK.,  Aug 9, 2009
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Britain is facing an infertility timebomb, as couples delay parenthood and damage their chances of having children in later life.

Couples are "sticking their heads in the sand" and one expert urged 30-year-old women to take a "fertility MoT" test to reveal their prospects of bearing children. "Women do not realise the importance of age when it comes to fertility," said Professor Bill Ledger, of Sheffield University. "They think, 'It won't happen to me, I'm 37, I go to the gym twice a week, I don't drink, I don't smoke, I'm fit – everything about me is young'. Well it is, except your ovaries."

He said the solution was for women to take a blood test that could highlight problems in those who wanted children, but had not started trying. It would cost around £100. Ledger said the NHS would be unlikely to pay if the women were healthy, but argued that if it did, it could save money in the long run.

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