For the 1 in 6 couples facing fertility problems in the UK, finance plays a very important role in choosing fertility treatments. There has been much debate recently surrounding fertility add-ons, essentially new technologies and procedures which may be offered by clinics to help boost the chances of successful IVF.
As a whole, we are living longer and we are healthier than any generation before us. However, unfortunately this is leading women into a false sense of security by thinking their eggs are healthy, therefore leaving motherhood later. The truth is at 35 a woman's fertility begins to decline with her fertility having almost halved by the time she reaches 40
In the last 20 years much has changed in the field of fertility treatment -advances in technology we could not have dreamed of even twenty years ago. The challenge now is to harness those advances in ways that puts women's health at the heart of every decision, to ensure that current IVF treatment is made less expensive and safer for women and finally to push forward on current exciting research to slash the costs of fertility treatment to make IVF more accessible to couples across the social divide.
Being a parent is no measure of intellectual acumen, emotional intelligence or strategic ability. Just as fatherhood isn't an acknowledged badge of ability in either the political or business world, to value women on the basis of whether they are or aren't a mother is to seriously undervalue them...