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Dr Miriam Stoppard calls for young women to be educated on fertility

More needs to be done to educate young women on getting pregnant, one of the UK’s leading advice columnists has warned

Dr Miriam Stoppard, who has a regular column in The Mirror newspaper has said she feels far too much emphasis is put on educating young women how not to get pregnant.

She said that due to this girls are leaving school thinking it is okay to leave getting pregnant until their 30s, which is actually when fertility starts to decline.

“While the upside of our sex education programme is a falling teenage pregnancy rate to a record low, we’re failing young people because important information is missing,” she said in her weekly health and advice column.

The age of women having children is now at an average of 30, compared to 26 in 1976 and this is a cause for concern.

According to statistics, about a fifth of women reach 45 without having a child.

Campaigners are calling for a more rounded approach to sex education and we are backing their plight.

What do you think about the sex education you received at school? Did you fully understand when was the right time to have a child and when your fertility would start to decline?

We’d be interested to hear your views on this. Please email your comments to claire@ivfbabble.com

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