More women over 40 are getting pregnant. But is that really about their choices? | Zeynep Gurtin

Mens decisions also affect fertility patterns, says Zeynep Gurtin, lecturer in womens health at UCL The trend for later motherhood is continuing apace. This week, the Office for National Statistics released new data on Institute for Womens Health at University College London, exploring the life stories, feelings and opinions of women who are pregnant in their 40s. While the project is still in its infancy, it has already provided some key insights as to why increasing numbers of women are having children after 40, and how they feel about later motherhood. The ONS report suggests a number of drivers for later motherhood, including womens increased participation in higher education and the workforce, more labour market uncertainty and the growing costs …

Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link

UK women claim they were not told enough about potential risk of rare breast cancer A group of more than 200 women are considering legal action over controversial breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The women claim they were not sufficiently informed about the risks of textured Allergan implants, Women who have the implants and capsules removed can make a full recovery, but if left untreated the disease can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. Last year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) advised its members to stop using Allergan implants as a precaution, but said the scientific data did not suggest the need to remove or exchange any current implants. …

Screen queens: the funny, fearless women who revolutionised TV

Phoebe Waller-Bridge exploded into our living rooms with Fleabag, her vicious comedy about an angry, awkward woman. As it returns, Guardian writers pick their TV heroines Shonda Rhimes Who gets to be the bitch? This woman is such a rarity she is basically a unicorn. Shonda Rhimes is a black single mother who began as a freelance scriptwriter and struck gold in Hollywood when she created soapy medical drama Greys Anatomy, whose riotous success (15 seasons and counting), together with that of her political drama Scandal, made her one of the most powerful players in the business. She has her own production company called Shondaland and, most recently, scored a $150m deal with Netflix. Rhimes is a born storyteller, but …