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Perspectives on Age Limits for Fertility Treatments

Fertil Steril; ePub 2019 Jan 2; Lee, Farland, et al

55% of respondents in a nationally representative sample support upper age limits on both men and women seeking fertility treatments, a recent study found. Support was associated with various demographic characteristics. Men were more likely than women to support age limits, but only on women. The sample consisted of 1,427 adults in the US. Researchers also found:

  • 67% of respondents supported placing age limits on women, whereas 57% supported placing age limits on men seeking fertility treatments.
  • 64% agreed with current American Society for Reproductive Medicine guidelines that fertility treatments should not be undertaken beyond age 55 years.
  • Whereas 55% of respondents supported placing age limits on both men and women, 12% supported age limits on women but not men, and 3% supported age limits on men but not women.
  • Men were more likely to answer discordantly when compared with female respondents.
  • Individuals aged >50 years, who lived in the western US, or with a personal knowledge of someone who used assisted reproductive technology were more likely to support age limits on both women and men seeking fertility treatments.

Citation:

Lee MA, Farland LV, Thomas AM, Ginsburg ES. Public perspectives on placing age limits on men and women seeking fertility treatment. [Published online ahead of print January 2, 2019]. Fertil Steril. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2018.11.019.

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