When should you start to worry about your future fertility?

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Do you ever worry about your fertility, even though you have no intention of getting pregnant for a few more years at least? If so, you're not alone. The number of scare stories in the papers and on TV about women who leave it too late to start a family are bound to make even the most chilled-out of us have second thoughts.

That's why doctors at Spire Liverpool Hospital have started offering 'fertility MOTS' to couples who want to know what the future has in store for them. During the MOT, patients are given a range of tests so they can decide when they should start thinking about a family.

Dr Yasmin Sajjad, a fertility consultant at Spire Liverpool Hospital says: "The growing popularity of our fertility MOTs reflects a rising trend of young couples and singles seeking peace of mind on their fertility status."

She adds: "Between the ages of 25 and 27, a woman's fertility is already starting to decline, and upon reaching 35, chances of conception have often halved. Women who take an early assessment of their fertility can make informed decisions about their options later down the line."

Dr Yasmin also notes that, even without an MOT, there are things that all women can do to boost their fertility and give themselves the best chance of conceiving further down the line.

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