DOCTORS: STOP CONFUSING US!!
Nearly half of women who became pregnant through in vitro fertilization (IVF) after age 40 say they were “shocked” to discover they needed fertility treatments, a new study finds.
Medical professionals MUST begin practicing honesty more frequently.
A trip to the gyno, often ends in a “you better hurry up speech” from my doctor. But when I was younger the visit was often a birth control promotion. What in the world are you telling us?
According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, infertility affects nearly 12 percent of reproductive-age women in the U.S. Part of the reason for this is cultural trend of women delaying childbearing, according to the study. One in five women now has her first child after age 35, an eightfold increase compared with a generation ago.
However, fewer than a quarter of these women said they would have tried to get pregnant earlier if they had more information about declining fertility, the study found. For women in the study, “personal-life circumstances would not have encouraged them to begin childbearing earlier than they did,” the researchers wrote.
Along with a decline in the chance of conceiving naturally, the chance of successfully having a baby via IVF also declines with age — the chance of success with one cycle of IVF treatment drops from 41 percent at age 35, to 4 percent after age 42. Studies have shown the general public is not aware of the extent of this decline, the researchers said.
When the researchers probed into why the study participants held mistaken beliefs about fertility, 28 percent said that incorrect information from friends, doctors or the media reinforced the idea that older women could easily become pregnant. For example, a 42-year-old woman recalled thinking, “Everyone’s having babies at 42 … all the superstars are having them,” according to the study.
About a quarter of participants said their beliefs stemmed from messages about preventing pregnancy they had received since adolescence. One woman wrote, “It’s like, all of our lives we’re terrified we’re going to get pregnant too soon and have a child and ruin our lives … and, actually, it’s not that easy.”
If women opt to have children later, what impact will that have on the child?
If women opt to have children later, what impact will that entire process have on their aging bodies?