Leading up to National Infertility Awareness Week 2016, we decided to take a closer look into what the national opinion is on fertility education and awareness. Our national survey interviewed 1,208 women ages 25-45 without children in the United States.
The results were staggering. Approximately 89 percent agree that infertility education should be mentioned at an Ob/Gyn visit while 79 percent feel this information should be included in sex education classes.
When asked if they knew that it is common to get pregnant after 35, but after 35, ovarian reserve (egg supply) declines, miscarriage rates increase and pregnancy is considered high-risk, approximately 48 percent have heard of this a little or not at all.
Half of the women (51 percent) surveyed would like to have children someday. When women over 35 were asked if they would have made different life choices if they had known about infertility at a younger age, 52 percent stated that they would have.
What this means:
1. Women want to be supported by their physicians and education system to be informed and aware of personal fertility.
2. For some women, a personal understanding of reproductive potential came too late.
3. Basic fertility education can help women make informed choices regarding family planning.
How can we change this?
We are working to change the conversation by providing free Fertility Awareness Checkup testing for appointments, education opportunities, and infertility information during NIAW. FCI also works with a large network of Ob/Gyn physicians to share the latest fertility information to help patients.
But we need everyone to start the conversation in order to drive the change we need.
● Talk to your doctor about reproductive health
● Ask for a second opinion when you suspect a misdiagnosis
● Find the support you need on your journey
● Push for infertility education to be provided to women
● Gain understanding of those experiencing the disease of infertility
● Discuss insurance coverage and employer responsiblity
● Write your lawmakers and legislators to support issues in the infertility community
Together, we can change the national conversation around infertility. Thank you for your support on this issue.