We found another great story on National Public Radio about fertility concerns in the news. This time, NPR released a report titled “Many Women Underestimate Fertility Clock’s Clang.” In it, reporter Jennifer Ludden explains, “The age women think they can conceive a baby is far different from what their bodies are actually capable of.”
According to the story, a recent survey discovered that while women know that their fertility declines with age, they underestimate the effect by 30 percent or more. Since it’s a touchy subject for women brought up to believe they can have it all—a successful career and a family—the message is not an easy one to deliver.
Indeed, Barbara Collura of RESOLVE, the National Infertility Association, said, “No federal agency pushes this issue, and neither women nor their OB-GYNs tend to bring it up.”
Is society itself to blame for putting pressure on women to postpone starting a family in favor of pursuing life experience and/or a career? Or is the media to blame for touting the births of 40-something celebrities as if it happens without help? Or is something else to blame? The latest NPR story examines all these reasons.