Jayne Torvill has spoken out about her difficult and heartbreaking experience of trying to conceive by IVF.
Despite improvements in IVF success rates, Jayne revealed how her desperation to become a mum took over her life before she came to the decision to adopt.
Jayne, 55, half of the super skating duo Torvill and Dean, broke down on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories as she spoke for the first time about her trials to get pregnant and how an ectopic pregnancy left her devastated.
And with Anna Friel, 36, admitting she’s looking into freezing her eggs for when boyfriend Rhys Ifans is ready to become a dad, we looked at what you need to know about your fertility now.
IVF success rates
The latest figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) show that around 25 per cent of IVF cycles using a woman’s own, fresh eggs, result in a live baby at the end.
However, success rates are clearly related to age. Women aged 35-37 have a success rate of 32.3 per cent but this decreases with each age group beyond 37.
27.7% for women aged 35-37
20.8% for women aged 38-39
13.6% for women aged 40-42
5.0% for women aged 43-44
1.9% for women aged 45+
For frozen egg (which is what Anna Friel is talking about), success rates were similar for each age group but slightly less successful overall, with around 22 per cent of cycles ending up with a live baby.
Though Anna blithely said she would freeze her eggs, it’s not quite as simple as that. Though the actress is more likely than most potential mums to be able to afford several rounds of IVF, the impact on your body and emotions is huge and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
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