From Barbara Kay at National Post:
This just in from blogger Mollie Hemingway: “Why do we lie about female fertility?” Hemingway is a wife and mother of two children. She’s now 37 and would like a third child, but realized that at her age easy conception is the exception, no longer the rule.
She goes on to decry the fact that women in our society are lied to about fertility. They are led to believe that they can take years and years to devote to their education and career, deferring marriage and children until they are “ready” – and if they are only “ready” in their mid-thirties or later – no big deal….
Hemingway cites a new fertility awareness study – “Fertility IQ Survey 2011 – sponsored by biopharmaceutical firm EMD Serono Inc with investigators from RESOLVE, the U.S. National Infertility Association, which reveals that women are woefully ignorant on the this existentially gendered subject.
In the poll of 1000 women aged 25-35 who had discussed fertility with doctors, seven out of ten basic questions about fertility were answered correctly less than half the time. A surprising number of women didn’t know how long it takes to get pregnant or even the fact that fertility declines with age.
Here are some facts about fertility: Fertility for women peaks between 15 and 25. At 30, a healthy woman has about a 20% chance of conceiving per month. The average is five months. By 35, first-time motherhood is already statistically jeopardized. By 40, the chances of conception and a healthy baby are substantially diminished, down to about a 5% chance of conceiving per month.
But many of those surveyed thought a 30-year old woman had a 70% chance of conceiving every month and a 40-year old had a 60% chance – both wildly off the mark.
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