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Women call for more fertility education

Although National Infertility Awareness Week ended April 30, it is not too late to report on the results of a survey consisting of 1,208 interviews of women ages 25-45 without children in the United States conducted by Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) online March 4-9, 2016. Participants were recruited from multiple web-based recruiting panels.

Results revealed that approximately 89% percent of those responding showed a strong desire (and need) for infertility education provided when visiting an Ob/Gyn. In addition, 79% felt this information should be included in sex education classes.

Unfortunately, although kids get a basic introduction into “where babies come from,” as well as what young girls should expect when getting their periods, fertility education is not currently included in school curriculums for sex education in this country. In fact, conversations regarding infertility are generally initiated only when patients make inquiries to their doctors.

“The survey results show that women overwhelmingly are in favor of learning more about their fertility potential,” stated Dr. John Rapisarda of Fertility Centers of Illinois.

“While the ongoing national infertility conversation in recent years has helped to build awareness, we need to start these conversations earlier so women and couples can make informed decisions before fertility declines.”

He also noted that when asked if they knew that it is common to get pregnant after 35, although ovarian reserve (egg supply) declines, miscarriage rates increase and pregnancy is considered high-risk, approximately 48% of survey responders had heard of this a little or not at all. Meanwhile, 52% of the women over 35 said they would have made different life choices if they had known about infertility at a younger age.

According to the CDC, one in eight couples experience infertility issues and 7.4 million women have received infertility services.

To check your own knowledge about fertility potential take the following quiz provided by the Fertility Clinics of Illinois:

1. In any given month a couple trying to have a baby has what chance of conception?

A) 10-15%
B) 20-25%
C) 30-35%
D) 40-45%

2. What is the most common cause of infertility in women?

A) Ovulation disorders
B) Blocked fallopian tubes
C) Endrometriosis
D) Diminished egg supply

3. Who experiences more fertility issues, women or men?

A) Women
B) Men
C) Combination, with women having more problems than men
D) Both equally

4. Hormone imbalances in men can cause?

A) Low sperm concentration
B) .Abnormal sperm shape
C) Poor sperm mobility
D) All of the above

5. According to the CDC, how many couples are affected by infertility?

A) 1 in 5
B) 1 in 6
C) 1 in 7
D) 1 in 8

6. For women under 35, infertility is defined as?

A) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 3 months without success
B) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 6 months without success
C) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 9 months without success
D) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 1 year without success

7. For women over 35, infertility is defined as?

A) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 3 months without success
B) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 6 months without success
C) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 9 months without success
D) Attempting to achieve pregnancy for 1 year without success

8. Fertility declines more rapidly for women after what age?

A) 33
B) 35
C) 38
D) 40

9) What causes infertility in both women and men?

A) Excess weight
B) Smoking
C) Age
D) All the above

Answers: 1-B; 2-A; 3-D; 4-D; 5-D; 6-D; 7-D; 8-B; 9-D

Note: The overall mentioned above survey carried a margin of error of +2.8% at the 95% confidence level, which is higher for subgroups of analysis.

About Diana Duel

Diana Duel is an eclectic writer who has written on everything from woodstove and fireplace cooking to automotive topics and holistic medicine. As an advocate of health and wellbeing, Diana also writes several columns related to these subject.

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