Menopause breakthrough will allow older women to have children after building a career, doctor claims

However it can also extend women’s fertility and could feasibly enable a woman in her seventies to have babies – although Professor Fishel said this would not be allowed for safety and ethical reasons.

His upper age limits are 35 for freezing tissue for fertility preservation and 40 for freezing tissue for hormonal preservation.

Professor Fishel told The Telegraph: “One of the reasons for the rising infertility rates is that women are not thinking about having babies until their 30s. If this procedure allows women to nail a career and feel that burden taken off their shoulders, and if by 40 they still want a baby but are not able to have their own naturally, they can go back to their tissue which they froze at 30. 

“Using that tissue from when they were 30 means it’s not considered that they’re having a baby at an older age because the egg will be from 10 years earlier.”

He added that his youngest daughter is 22 and that the procedure “currently appeals to her”, so when she is aged between 25 and 30, he said that he will perform it on her as a “birthday present”.

“The younger it’s done, the longer you have the benefit and the more eggs are available,” he said.