Kirstie Allsopp has criticised women who delay having children and then turn to IVF as a ‘lifestyle choice’.
She said: ‘I didn’t meet the right person until I was 32. I know that lots of people don’t meet the right person and lots of women are panicked and unhappy and sad about this. It’s not that I don’t understand that everyone comes to different things at different stages in life. But IVF is not a lifestyle choice. It’s a wonderful medical innovation which helps couples suffering from infertility, but it’s not designed to be done because you and your husband thought 30 was the new 20.’
The 43-year-old – who gave birth to her two sons at 35 and 37 – and has been in a relationship with property developer Ben Andersen for ten years, said she would urge her children to settle down and commit to producing offspring in their 20s rather than face having to pursue IVF.
She said: ‘“I would say ‘Darling you’re 27, your girlfriend is 27. You’ve just bought your first flat. Would you like me to help with the childcare?’ Not all grandmothers are in that position, I realise that. But I want men to know that if you are in a committed relationship with someone at 30, saying I don’t want kids until we are 35 is not a loving thing to do. She is going to run the risk of having to pump drugs [from IVF] into her body.”
Kirstie first raised the issue earlier this year when she urged young women to focus on finding a man and having a family before their fertility ‘falls off a cliff’ at 35.
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