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Woman, 59, becomes oldest person ever to be given IVF

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Saturday, January 16, 2010 | 1 comments

Happy family - Susan Tollefsen with partner Nick Mayer and their two-year-old daughter FreyaA 59-year-old woman has become the oldest person ever to be offered fertility treatment by a British clinic, overturning guidelines prohibiting treatment to women over 50.

Doctors at the private London Women’s Clinic on Harley Street, one of the most successful IVF units in the country, have unanimously agreed to help Susan Tollefsen conceive.

Mrs Tollefsen, a retired teacher who turns 60 in October, said: ‘I’m still so full of life and healthy at 60 I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t be treated.’

Mrs Tollefsen already has a two-year-old child, conceived at a Russian clinic after she was refused treatment in the UK because of her age.

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1 comments

  1. Claryssa says:

    Getting pregnant over 40 is not really a conventional experience: after all, a woman’s chances of getting pregnant at the age of 40 are reduced to a measly 5% for every cycle. Also, the advancement of science have been greatly limited the risk to such an extent that many 40 year-olds are starting to give birth as well as 20 year-olds do.

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