Should children be taught how and when to get pregnant?

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Too many schoolgirls think conception is easy and should be taught the best way to get pregnant, according to doctors.

The Fertility Education Initiative says children need to understand the limits of IVF and learn about fertility from puberty to menopause.

A fertility arts education project called 'Modern Families' wants fertility issues discussed in every school when sex education becomes compulsory next year.

  • The average age for a woman in the UK to have a child is 30

  • That's up from age 26 in 1976

  • The optimum age for women to have children is believed to be between 20 and 35

Doctors say too many people believe they will can conceive anytime they like even though official figures show one in seven couples struggle to have a child.