Should men and women be encouraged to start childbearing at a younger age?
In an editorial entitled ‘Should men and women be encouraged to start childbearing at a younger age?’ Lone Schmidt (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) discusses declining childbirth rates in developed countries and men and women’s knowledge of fertility issues. In many developed countries, the average age of a woman at first childbirth is now 28–30, and the number of couples receiving fertility treatment is increasing. Fertility awareness programs have discovered that many men and women overestimate a woman’s fecundity according to age, the probability of conception during a monthly cycle, and the chances of conceiving after IVF treatment.
Age and Achieving Pregnancy
Celebrity news and occasional stories about older first-time moms can make it seem like getting pregnant later in life is a possibility for everyone. The truth is that the media’s efforts at attracting readers’ attention can be misleading. Many of the celebrity success stories are the result of using donor egg. The reality about fertility for the average woman is that it peaks in her 20’s. From that point, her fertility potential declines slowly as she enters her 30’s, and there’s abundant research to indicate that by age 45, most women are unable to conceive naturally.
New Ways to Test Ovarian Reserve
For years, older women who want to have a baby and their fertility experts have relied on the results of FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) tests to predict their success with treatment. Now, we know that there’s more to the story than FSH alone. Dr. Melissa Esposito discusses the latest ways to peer into the future with more sophisticated ovarian reserve testing. Find out how reproductive specialists can approach each woman’s situation regarding how well her ovaries are working with a individualized approach.