There has been no fall in the number of couples seeking infertility treatment despite the financial difficulties posed by the recession, experts have claimed.
Reports from the US suggest that couples there have been hard-hit by the financial downturn, with many finding it impossible to afford infertility treatment.
This has led private clinics to introduce money-back guarantees, where patients will receive a refund if they fail to conceive within three cycles.
However, Manchester Fertility Services (MFS) has indicated that there is no need for infertility clinics in the UK to take such measures as there has been no such drop in demand.
Professor Brian Lieberman, an IVF specialist and founder of MFS, noted that women in their 30s who are delaying starting a family should bear in mind that their fertility is likely to decrease over the coming years.
He said: "Age is the single most important determinant of the outcome of fertility treatment there is.
"There is a cost in delaying, and that cost is higher for some women than others."
The expert noted that, while the clinic is still helping just as many couples to conceive, a growing number are being forced to pay with a credit card.
Estimates suggest that at least one in five couples of reproductive age are affected by infertility.