The news that a couple in their 70s and 80s have given birth to twins via IVF has spurred doctors to call for a cap on the age people have IVF
The couple, from the Andhra Pradesh region of India, decided to have IVF after 57 years of childlessness and the twin girls were delivered via cesarean section on September 5.
In a joint statement from the Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction(ISAR), Indian Fertility Society and the Academy of Clinical Embryologists, criticised the hospital involved for its decision to offer the treatment.
The letter reads: “We are deeply appalled in knowing about such unprofessional conduct of some health providers in misusing the current Assisted Reproductive Technology procedures. It is deplorable omission of ethics, morality and misuse of ART.”
Indian fertility laws are in place to try to combat this issue
It points out that part of the ART bill of 2017 states that it should not be made available to women below the age of 18 and above the age of 45.
President of the Indian Fertility Society (IFS), Dr M Gouri Devi said: “This isn’t a random number, if you look at the rules and regulations for couples in India who are looking to adopt a child, there is a rule that the combined age of the parents cannot be more than 100. This is to ensure that the child is taken care of in case of the loss of life of one of the parents.”
The couple, Erramatti and Raja Rao Mangayamma, aged 74 and 85, were said to be living in a nursing home when they decided to have fertility treatment and are believed to be the oldest new parents in the world.
German media is reporting that a 65-year-old woman has given birth to quadruplets, after having artificial insemination treatment at a fertility clinic in the Ukraine
The woman, Annegret Raunigk, who is already a mother of 13, gave birth to the three girls and a boy at 26 weeks at a Berlin hospital and all are said to have a ‘good chance of survival’.
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