New Warnings For Women Over 35 And Unplanned Pregnancy

February 9, 2010

(ChattahBox) – A new study has shown that more women over the age of 35 have started forgoing contraception in the misinformed belief that their pregnancy risks are eliminated.

The Family Planning Association (FPA) has started a campaign to alert women that pregnancy, while slightly less likely after the age of 35, is still possible well into the 50’s for many.

The study and program was created after it became clear that the number of abortions for women within the the 35 – 50 age range was increasing, and now matches that for girls under 16 in the UK.

“Whilst the message about fertility declining with age is an important one, it is often overplayed, alongside disproportionate messaging about unplanned teenage pregnancies,” FPA Chief Exec Julie Bentley explained.

“It sends an inaccurate message to women and society that only the young fall pregnant and is leading older women to believe their fertility has gone long before it actually has.”

The number of women pregnant, whether planned or unplanned, over the age of 40 has doubled since 1988.

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