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Older women ditching contraception

9th February 2010

The Family Planning Association has said it fears older women are not using contraception because they incorrectly assume they are too old to conceive.

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The FPA said the message that fertility fell with age had been taken "too far" and women were still able to fall pregnant as late as their fifties.

Statistics for the number of abortions carried out in England and Wales showed that in 2008 there were four per 1,000 females in the 40-44 age bracket. This number matched the figures for under 16-year-olds.

The FPA said "anecdotal evidence" revealed that some older women had not believed they could get pregnant because of their age.

The FPA's new campaign 'Conceivable?' targets women aged 35 and over and reminds them to use contraception if they do not want to have a baby.

Chief executive of the FPA Julie Bentley said: "Whilst the message about fertility declining with age is an important one, it is often overplayed, alongside disproportionate messaging about unplanned teenage pregnancies."

"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."

 

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