No IVF if woman crosses 45 years: Ahalya Hospital

Visakhapatnam: After the medical fraternity called out the misuse of In vitro fertilisation (IVF) by the clinic that helped a 74-year-old woman give birth to twins, the Ahalya Hospital has announced that they would not use IVF method to impregnate women who have crossed 45 years of age.

The hospital authorities said that they will adhere to the rules laid down by the Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) bill, which was brought out in 2017.

As per the ART Bill, a woman should be under 45 years of age to go for the IVF method and a man should have less than 50 years of age.

The president of the Indian Society of Assisted reproduction Jayadeep Malhotra and Indian Fertility Society president Gowri Devi condemned the act as it is not good for the individual as well as society.

However, this has raised hopes among elderly couples who don’t have children. It is learned that the hospital was flooded with enquiries by childless elderly couples for IVF.

Durga Ramesh

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