As my colleague Norma Cohen has revealed, 72 is the new 30 according to scientists. And some data on conception rates in the UK shows that this increasing longevity has a particular effect on women’s lives.
Conception rates among older women have soared in the past 20 years, while those of younger women have declined, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics today. All age groups of 30 and above have increased, but the biggest rise is among the over-40s, where conception rates have more than doubled. By contrast the conception rate among under 16s is now the lowest since 1969, the first year for which we have comparable data.