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Storm Over Second Chance at IVF for Mother aged 59

by Andrew Levy and David Derbyshire,  Daily Mail U.K.,  Jan 18, 2010

A British IVF clinic has created an ethical storm by offering treatment to a 59-year-old woman. The decision makes Susan Tollefsen the oldest woman to be offered help to conceive in the UK.

At present most private clinics observe a guideline prohibiting treatment for women over the age of 50, while the NHS has a cut-off point of 39 - leading some older women to visit foreign clinics with more liberal rules.

But Mrs Tollefsen - who had her first child aged 57 after fertility treatment at a Moscow clinic - may now get assistance in conceiving from the London Women's Clinic in Harley Street. She said: 'I'm still so full of life and healthy at [nearly] 60 I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be treated. 'I know other people are looking forward to retirement and so on, while I'm looking forward to kindergarten and infant school. I would encourage other women my age to do this.'

But there was widespread dismay yesterday after the news was revealed in the Mail on Sunday, with critics warning that it could 'open the floodgates' for pensioner parents and demanding an age limit be enshrined in law. Read more.


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