Women who want three children should get started at the age of 23 say scientists…and if you want one you shouldn’t delay past 32.
Women who want three children should start having kids by the age of 23, according to scientists. If they are content just to have one child, they shoud not leave it later than 32 for a 90 per cent chance of success. Dutch researchers have created a fertility calculator which predicts the likelihood of building a dream family based on a woman’s age.
It predicts those who want two children should start aged 27 to have a 90% success rate. If they leave it until they are 38, the likelihood falls to less than 50 per cent. ‘For women at the age margins, this could help nudge them one way or another, but we don’t want to force people to change their lives.’ But other experts said women had a very short amount of time to ‘act’ if they wanted to establish a career and also start a family.
Jody Day, the founder of Gateway Women, a support organisation for those who are childless through circumstances said: ‘It’s a very tall order. ‘Women have moved into a pattern of work created over the years around men and it’s not really suited to them.
‘Women have a very short amount of time in which to act if they want to go to university, get a job and establish themselves in a profession and have financial stability before starting a family.’ Professor Allan Pacey, a fertility expert at the University of Sheffield said the calculator should be used to enforce the message to girls at sixth form and university to help them plan their lives.
‘Everyone thinks you can wait – this shows you can’t. The table ought to be photocopied and put up on the clinic wall. ‘We should also be aiming this at sixth formers and university students, so that they’re aware of how to plan their life.’
Earlier this summer scientists warned that celebrities who had given birth in their 40s through IVF or donor eggs were giving ‘false hope’ to women. Dr Marta Devesa, of the Hospital Universitari Quiron-Dexeus in Barcelona, told a fertility conference that by the ages of 38 and 39 the success rate was less than a quarter. SOURCE