How long does it take to get pregnant...on average?
What is the average chance a woman has to get pregnant each month at age 30?
What is the average chance a woman has to get pregnant each month at age 40?
Disengage your brain and really think about your answers to these questions.
Seventy percent of women in the US age 25-35 answered these questions wrong.
The answers are 5 months, 20%, and 7%.
A recent Infertility IQ survey put out by RESOLVE showed that most women of child-bearing age flunk fertility math. Read an article about it here.
In 2008, I switched fertility specialists. The first one just wasn't very aggressive and didn't want to have discussions about when to move on to the next step. Anyway, during my consultation with my new doctor, he looked at my chart. He said something like this: "You're 27. Let's say it takes six months to get you pregnant...and if you want more than one child, we're going to have to hurry before you turn 30. We're running out of time."
That made me feel OLD.
And it is true! I was old. At least my ovaries were (and still are!). While medicine and nutrition have found ways to extend our life expectancy, while social norms have delayed the average age of marriage and financial stability, nothing in our modern world has convinced women's ovaries and eggs to push back the biological clock a decade or so.
It's a hard pill to swallow, to realize that as women we can't always "have it all." There is a certain amount of juggling and give-and-take. Putting off children until a woman is in her 30s or 40s could mean not having children at all. It's a scary reality, but it's reality.
And women need to know.
It's quite scary that 70% of women don't know.
I am curious...did you know the correct answers to the three questions at the beginning of the post? (I didn't - and I kind of consider myself an amateur infertility expert).