Women's fertility matters: taking charge of your fertility

Recent headlines have put the spotlight on UK fertility clinic practices with coverage about "cash for eggs", questionable expensive "add-on" treatments and misleading sales pitches to fertility patients.  In May 2017 the HFEA announced it would investigate alleged breaches of its code of practice. In September 2017, the HFEA announced its code of practice had been breached and that it had taken enforcement action. Read more here.

Headlines in recent years also report "female bankers are the least likely to conceive through IVF" and "women who work a lot may struggle to get pregnant".  Recent research by Harvard University has found that women who work more than 40 hours a week, routinely lift heavy loads or work nightshifts may take longer to get pregnant and may be less fertile. Read more here.

There is also the fact women can't Botox their ovaries.  A women's optimum biological age to have a baby is in her 20's. However, career building, property ladder struggles and finding love often takes priority. By the time women in their 30's and 40's are ready to have family, they're increasingly at a biological disadvantage. Egg numbers and quality diminish with age. Women's fertility rates begin to decline in their mid-30's and rapidly after age 37. Read more here.

Taking charge of women's fertility and successfully building and protecting a family has therefore never been more important. Deciding to start a family is a big step financially, practically, legally and emotionally. Becoming a parent is a life-long commitment. Women need legal understanding and protection as well as a good grasp of the medical aspects. Independent specialist fertility and parenting law advice can help you effectively navigate the fertility sector, maximise your options and safeguard your personal and family life.

Value of specialist fertility and parenting law services

Women increasingly want more ownership over their personal and family life. They want more choice about their family building options and more protection for themselves and their children. More women are choosing to: become solo mothers, conceive with donor sperm, a known donor or co-parent, undergo treatment abroad and restructure their personal and family lives following relationship breakdown.  Increasing numbers of women are turning to surrogacy as a result of unsuccessful fertility treatment, miscarriage, ill-health, age or medical conditions.  

However, modern family life and assisted conception creates all sorts of legal issues and it is not always 'a good fit'. It can have unintended legal, practical and financial outcomes. It can also confer unwanted legal status on others.

An expert fertility and parenting lawyer can:

  • Provide tailored legal advice on family building options
  • Help women make legally informed decisions in the short, medium and longer term
  • Place family building arrangements on a firm legal and practical footing
  • Manage legal risks and potential or actual disputes

You can read more about the importance of investing in expert fertility and parenting law advice here.

Contact Us

If you would like to discuss your situation or find out more about UK fertility, family and parenting law services contact Louisa Ghevaert by email: Louisa.ghevaert@michelmores.com or by telephone +44 (0)207 7886382.