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A new report that women who do not have children may die than those who do. Researchers from Aarhus University in Denmark looked at over 21,000 between 1994 and 2005. They all tried to have children, without . The women all went to special clinics for IVF treatment – a where doctors fertilize the woman’s in a laboratory. The researchers said that women who could not have children were four times than mothers to die early. Some doctors have said the report might childless women to worry about dying early. The truth is there is a very small of an early death. Just 316 women died during the 11-year study. Very few of those died earlier than .

One critic of the report said the study was very . Dr Ingrid Collins, a psychologist, told the BBC: "This is a very specific of people who are trying to have children. The study's cannot be used to [talk about] the whole general population." She added: "People having IVF to be desperate for a child. If they are unsuccessful, they may be . It may be this [depression] rather than the childlessness that [ an earlier death]." Another psychologist, Dr Helen Nightingale, agreed, : "Being childless without a doubt your fight for life….The support of a family, the on your children and grandchildren, and the desire to watch how they turn out drives your [] to survive."

 


 
 

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