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    One of Britain’s top NHS fertility specialists last night issued a stark warning to women: Start trying for a baby before you’re 30 – or risk never having children.

    In a strongly worded letter to Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, consultant gynaecologist Professor Geeta Nargund has also demanded that teenagers are taught about the dangers of delaying parenthood, because of the spiralling cost to the taxpayer of IVF for women in their late 30s and 40s.

    Professor Nargund cites the agony of a growing number of women left childless as a key reason why fertility lessons must be included in the national curriculum. Her controversial intervention – in which she warns Britain faces a ‘fertility timebomb’ – will fuel the debate over the best time to start a family, amid the rise in women delaying motherhood to pursue careers.

    In the letter, seen by The Mail on Sunday, Prof Nargund writes: ‘I have witnessed all too often the shock and agony on the faces of women who realise they have left it too late to start a family. For so many, this news comes as a genuine surprise and the sense of devastation and regret can be overwhelming. And so often the cry will be “Why did no one warn me about this?”’
    The answer is, of course, feminism.

    With one in six couples now having trouble conceiving and the birth rate among UK-born mothers in long-term decline, Prof Nargund said Britain faced a ‘fertility timebomb’ that had to be addressed.

    ‘We can’t rely on net immigration to increase the country’s birth rate,’ said Prof Nargund, who moved to the UK from India as a medical student in the 1980s. ‘It’s not a permanent fix.’
    The uncommon sense is good, though it should also be accompanied with the warnings that the later the conception, the more likely that miscarriages and congenital disorders will occur.
    Last edited by Paprika; 06-14-2015, 11:10 AM.

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    Originally posted by Paprika View Post
    The answer is, of course, feminism.


    The uncommon sense is good, though it should also be accompanied with the warnings that the later the conception, the more likely that miscarriages and congenital disorders will occur.
    I can understand the need for women to be informed, but what I don't understand is why countries would want to increase their populations. Seems to me that the world is having a difficult time as it is supporting the 7 billion or so people that populate it. Also, what makes you think that the feminist movement misinforms women in regards to this matter?

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      Originally posted by JimL View Post
      I can understand the need for women to be informed, but what I don't understand is why countries would want to increase their populations
      Fixed for increased accuracy. We're talking about Western countries here: the birth rates of the white populations are below replacement level. In addition the aging population would for many countries mean a higher tax burden, which can be alleviated by a higher working population. Finally it could be argued that the higher the domestic population in terms of economics from the benefit of higher demand.

      Also, what makes you think that the feminist movement misinforms women in regards to this matter?
      Oh, not the females aren't misinformed. They simply aren't informed either way, instead they get cheered on to pursue a career ('you go grrrrrrl!'). Now many pursue career at the cost of delaying childbearing, then are shocked (as described in the article) to find out simple medical facts that no one has told them, despite sex education being rather comprehensive in their countries (or so I hear).

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