FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2018 file photo, a doctor performs an ultrasound scan on a pregnant woman at a hospital in Chicago. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
LONDON - More single women are starting a family on their own using invitrofertilisation (IVF).

This is because they may struggle to find “Mr Right”, with men they meet either deemed unsuitable to father their child or not ready to be a parent, experts say.

The number of IVF attempts by women seeking to have a baby without a partner has almost quadrupled in a decade. More than half are by those aged 40 and over, with almost one in 10 cycles given to women over 44.

In 2007, there were only 351 treatment cycles in Britain for women who opted to have IVF on their own. The latest statistics show that number rose to 1290 in 2017.

When those who were inseminated with donor sperm but did not have full IVF are added, women tried 2279 times to start a family on their own in 2017, according to figures released this week by the fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Of these, 671 cycles of treatment were for women aged 40 to 42 with no partner, 278 for those aged 43 to 44 and 191 for women aged over 44.

Egg-freezing is now the fastest growing fertility treatment, with pop singer Rita Ora among those storing their eggs to give them a higher chance of conceiving through IVF later in life. The HFEA figures show the number has more than trebled.