In reference to a recent blog posted Irish Health on Fertility decline, couples have a misconception about their fertility decline age. The general observation in the survey carried by My Fertility Check, a self-referral fertility assessment service, shows that almost eight out of ten adults are not aware about the right age when fertility begins to decline. The survey involved 710 adults aged between 25 and 44.
A large number of people, about 79% are unaware of the age of decline, whereas 41% believe that it starts to decline at the age of 35, while hardly a few know the actual starting age of fertility getting declined is at 30.
The survey also showed that 46% of women said that they were waiting for the right partner as compared to 29% of men who were waiting for financial settlement for having children. Women waiting for right partner were more than that of men waiting for financial settlement.
The clinical services Head says that, proportion of the people misinformed about the fertility decline is not of any concern, however what is surprising, is to see the number of people interested and attempting for IVF & fertility treatment; for their difficulties in having a baby naturally.
As misconceptions amongst couples have outgrown the knowledge of right of kind of lifestyle at the right age for having children, the survey highlighted that there is a nationwide need for state-funded fertility campaigns and reproductive health starting at school level. Couples need to be educated on maintaining a healthy lifestyle by avoiding smoking, drinking and following hygiene.
The survey also highlighted that young couples are becoming too dependent and hopeful on taking chances of conceiving after 35. They are becoming more dependent on the effectiveness and results of IVF, following their favourite celebrities conceiving in forties. Overall the couples have also been influenced with the miracle stories on media about the achievements on reproductive health.