The many stories circulating about fertility problems and treatments may give you the impression that the incidence of infertility is rising. On the other hand, a 2002 CDC report says that infertility has actually declined substantially in the past twenty years, though that report has been disputed. If you’re confused about fertility, it’s probably because you’ve been paying attention—the messages out there are mighty mixed.
Though the use of fertility treatments is rising, there’s no evidence that the intrinsic span of women’s fertile years has changed much over time. While advancing treatment options can expand the span for some, the blockage of fallopian tubes brought on by pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis can impair it for others. Then there’s the male infertility element.
So if women aren’t more infertile now than in the past, why are the numbers of visits to fertility doctors rising?
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TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
Ready: Why Women Are Embracing The New Later Motherhood
In 2006, one in every twelve women giving birth for the first time in the US was 35 or older, while in 1970 it was just one in one hundred. Add in the many contemporary later adoptive moms and you’ve got a substantial portion of the population starting families after 35!
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