Unplanned pregnancy warning to women over 35

| 09/02/2010

(BBC): Experts fear older women are ditching contraception in the mistaken belief that they cannot get pregnant past a certain age. The Family Planning Association (FPA) believes the message on infertility and age has gone "too far". Although fertility does wane, women can still get pregnant well into their thirties, forties and even fifties. Abortion rates for women aged 40 to 44 match those for the under 16s, figures for England and Wales show. In 2008, both of these groups had an abortion rate of four per 1,000 women. There are many reasons why some women opt for an abortion – including birth abnormalities in the baby, which are more common when the mothers are older.

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