- Limits on fertility treatments for people over the age of 55 years receive majority support in a public opinion survey.
Why this matters
- Fertility providers are generally opposed to governmental regulation on age restrictions.
- The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends that fertility treatments for women over the age of 55 years be "discouraged."
- 4% felt doctors should not be allowed to offer in vitro fertilization.
- 9% believed egg donation is an unacceptable practice.
- 15% believed that sperm donation was an unacceptable practice.
- 46% felt that 45-54 years was the oldest age range that should be allowed for carrying a pregnancy.
- 64% felt the age limit should be 55 years.
- 32% felt the oldest age for a woman to adopt was 55-64 years.
- 33% felt the oldest age a man should become a father was 55-64 years.
- 55% supported placing age limits on men and women seeking fertility treatment.
- Survey designed to assess public opinion on age limits for people seeking infertility treatments (n=1427 completed survey).
- Funding: Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Biology, Brigham and Women's Hospital.
- Certain groups may be underrepresented in this survey.