Fertility. Do We Know All We Should Know? Or Are We in the Dark?
What do you know about fertility, especially if you are trying to have a baby and have not been successful? Is it "your" fault? Or is it your "husband's" fault that something is just not working right? Or is it no one's fault?
According to Holly Finn author of the e-book, The Baby Chase, she had not known about her own body's inability to get pregnant and she had to learn the hard way. As a result of her own personal experience, she thinks that society in general is ignorant about infertility.
“I really feel that there are important pieces of information that don’t get passed along,” says Finn, who has now tried for four years to conceive through in-vitro fertilization. “I actually think it’s quite a brutal dishonesty.”
This appears to be especially true in a culture which prizes celebrity moms getting pregnant in their forties, defying the comprehension that the body is readying itself to go into menopause in a few years. How widespread is the knowledge that age is linked with infertility? According to a recent survey, it isn't something which many know.
The fertility awareness survey was sponsored by biopharmaceutical firm EMD Serono Inc., with investigators from RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association. Presented at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine’s recent annual meeting, in the poll of 1,000, women ages 25 to 35 talked to doctors about fertility. Researchers found that participants could correctly answer seven out of 10 basic questions less than half the time. The Fertility IQ 2011 Survey identified women's incorrect assumptions about how long it took to get pregnant and about how much fertility decreases at various ages.
The fact is that women don’t realize that a healthy woman of 30 has about a 20 percent chance of conceiving per month, but by 40, her odds drop to about 5 percent, Barbara Collura, Executive Director of RESOLVE noted. On the contrary, those surveyed believed that a 30-year-old woman would have a 70 percent chance of conceiving and a 40-year-old's chances would only decrease by 10 percent. They also were mistaken about the fertility of a 20-year old. They believed younger women would get pregnant in less than two months of trying, rather than the five months that is the norm.
The Nobel committee gave the prize for medicine to British biologist Robert Edwards in 2010. Edwards developed the IVF protocol that eventually brought Louise Brown into the world. Known as the first “test-tube baby,” Brown was born thirty-three years ago. Four million babies later, the IVF is still going strong. But would you suspect with all the PR for "test-tube babies" that for many, the IVF protocol does not work? And that is the ignorance issue. One never thinks of exceptions. One thinks that it is "a sure thing," a misconception, no pun intended. Such ignorance goes a long way to augmenting the devastation that happens for a couple when they can't get pregnant via the IVF protocol.Continued on the next page