What Is the Legal Age Limit for IVF Treatment in India

What Is the Legal Age Limit for IVF Treatment in India?

In Vitro Fertilization commonly referred to as IVF is one of the leading treatments for couples struggling with infertility. However, there are certain rules and regulations established by the government to ensure the safety of these procedures. There have been recent developments in IVF age-related concerns. This blog provides a thorough understanding of these new regulations and what they mean for you.  

Age Limits for IVF in India

In India, the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Act of 2021 (ART Act) established a legal framework for assisted conception procedures, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). This act brought about significant changes, particularly regarding age limits for seeking IVF treatment.  

The ART Act outlines a general age bracket for availing IVF services: 

  • Women: 21 to 50 years old 
  • Men: 26 to 55 years old 

Why Age Limits Exist?

The age limitations in the ART Act are based on a decline in fertility with age. Success rates for IVF significantly decrease for women over 40 due to:  

  • Decreased egg quality: The number and quality of eggs naturally decline with age, impacting the chances of fertilization and healthy embryo development. 
  • Increased health risks: Pregnancy complications like gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and caesarean sections are more frequent in older mothers. 

Beyond Age Limits: Other Considerations

While age is a significant factor, it’s not the only point for IVF eligibility.  

Here are other aspects to consider: 

  • Medical Conditions: Underlying medical conditions in either partner can influence IVF success and may require management before proceeding. 
  • Marital Status: The ART Act allows single women, including unmarried and single mothers, to access IVF with donor sperm. 
  • Counselling: Counselling is often recommended to address the emotional and psychological aspects of infertility and IVF treatment. 

Moreover, the act also allows foreigners to avail themselves of ART services.

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The Curious Case of Sidhu Moosewala’s Mother and IVF 

In 2024, news emerged about Charan Kaur, mother of the late Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala, reportedly expecting a baby through IVF at the age of 58. Recently Charan Kaur gave birth to a healthy baby boy through IVF at the age of 58, which has been considered a miracle. This case sparked public curiosity and raised questions about the application of the ART Act.

While details surrounding Charan Kaur’s case remain private, it highlights the complexities of exceeding the recommended age limit for IVF.  

Final Thoughts 

The ART Act in India establishes a framework for safe and ethical IVF practices.

The age limit of 50 years for women is kept for many reasons including risks to the mother during and after pregnancy, risks of prematurity to the child and difficulties in their future upbringing.  

Keeping in mind these regulations regarding ART treatments is needed for anyone planning to seek them. Apart from this, it is equally important to consult with a qualified IVF expert or a fertility specialist like Dr Manish Banker & Dr. Jwal Banker for your case. Banker IVF & Women’s Hospital is home to the best IVF and fertility experts, assisting those in need.  

If you or your loved ones are suffering from infertility, visit Banker IVF & Women’s Hospital and consult with an expert and get advanced, ethical and safe treatment.! 

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