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Older mums effect daughter's fertility

26th October 2006

Older mothers could be passing on fertility problems to any daughters they give birth to, according to research.

A US study looked at the mothers of women undergoing IVF and found their age had an impact on the whether their daughter's treatment resulted in pregnancies.

The findings could have huge implications for future generations and their ability to conceive, as more and more women wait until they reach their thirties to have children.

Experts think it could be a result of the decline in the quality of a woman's eggs as they get older that may be passed on and imprinted into the reproductive cells that eventually become her daughter's eggs.

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