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IVF age 'should increase to 42'

The health watchdog says the age limit for IVF treatment in England and Wales should be raised from 39 to 42.

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Women over 40 'should get IVF on the NHS'

The health watchdog NICE says women between the ages of 40 and 42 should be offered IVF on the NHS in England and Wales if they are having fertility problems. Previously, NICE did not recommend IVF for women older than 39.

Embryos being placed onto a CryoLeaf ready for instant freezing Credit: Press Association

NICE says is has been able to change its guidance because of a number of key medical advances.

The guidance does not apply to Northern Ireland or Scotland.

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