Women struggling to conceive naturally are willing to pay double for IVF if the treatment could guarantee a baby, according to a survey by Red magazine.
The average cost of fertility treatment was £6,638 per woman. The study also found that 70% of women over the age of 30 worry about being able to conceive.
Over 2,500 women with an average age of 37 were questioned, many of whom felt that if they left it too late to have a baby naturally they could always fall back on IVF.
Dr Allen Pacey, secretary of the British Fertility Society, said that many women these days had grown up believing IVF could bail them out if they left motherhood too late.
“Unfortunately, nature doesn’t work like that,” he said. “Each time you have IVF as a young woman, there is a 25%-30% chance of success. But the odds don’t change in subsequent cycles – IVF is not the panacea many women think it is.”
Dr Pacey stressed that the best time to have babies is in your early 20s.
What age did you become a mum? Do you wish you’d been older or younger?