The advent of assisted reproductive techniques opened the door to a solution to the problems of infertility, but the success of treatment still faces the same obstacle: late motherhood.
The age at which women choose to have their first child has increased to around 33, when two decades ago the average was about 26 years. Currently the average age of patients attending consultations also increased to more than 38 years.
The social clock for childbearing has been delayed a lot, but not the biological clock, which is a biological barrier for parents, more and more difficult to overcome.
The limit for this technique in the spanish public network is usually 40 years, so more elderly women often resort to private clinics where there is no one-year waiting to be served.
We can not speak about an age top to provide assisted reproductive services. In the private network exclusion criteria is usually measured by the biological age which carries a complete study of the patient and biological health status and ability to carry a pregnancy to term.
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