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When should you start trying?

When should you start trying for a family? If you know how many children you'd like, and whether you would consider or could afford IVF, a computer model can suggest when to start trying for your first.

According to the model, if you're happy with one, then starting by 32 gives you a 90 per cent chance of realising that without IVF. However, if you're set on three it you'd need to start by 23 to have the same chance of success – although that is to be absolutely certain. The average age a woman has her first child is 28 in the UK.

Don't panic; it's not personalised, the data is based on averages, and of course family size and IVF are never going to be the only factors to take into account when starting a family. The idea is to help you make an informed decision and raise awareness of fertility.

See the full table and research findings here.

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