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I disagree with medical treatment to allow women to give birth after the menopause. There are sound biological reasons for the menopause to occur, and to choose to extend the woman’s reproductive life in this way puts her in danger – it’s a medical intervention that puts a woman at physical risk, of which the best possible outcome is to introduce another child who is likely to be unwell himself, and even if not, will definitely have a mother whose biology determines that they cannot give the best possible care to the child.
Whilst I think it’s wrong to assess someone’s psychological trauma as less important than biological symptoms, I cannot see that the benefits of treatment outweigh the risks.
‘First do no harm’: I think that to act in this case could cause unnecessary harm. And so I’m against this kind of treatment.