It happens like clockwork: I notice a certain kind of crazy tension come over a woman I love, and then I realize she’s approaching a cliff’s edge in her own mind, the inexorable approach of 35 years old as the dead end beyond which pregnancy and birth are labeled “geriatric” and her desire to have a kid - even if she’s not sure, even if there’s conflict, even if it’s terrible timing - may become a lost cause.
All of us get the same crap information: 35 is the end of the line. And it is SIMPLY UNTRUE. Age is one of so many factors determining fertility, ease of conception, health during pregnancy - and not by any means the most important one.
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Repost w edits @cyclesandsex ・・・ MUST READ article by Jean M. Twenge for @theatlantic: "...the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold." According to Twenge, the fearmongering stemmed from multiple sources, including an ad campaign sponsored by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) which warned, “Advancing age decreases your ability to have children.” Female fertility, the group announced, begins to decline at 27. #ouch
Scour the internet today (including ASRM's guidelines at the time the article was written) and you'll like find stats like 1 in 3 women ages 35 to 39 will not get pregnant within a year of starting to try. That women in their late 30s had a 30% chance of remaining childless altogether. That a woman’s chance of pregnancy was 20% each month at age 30, dwindling to 5% by age 40.
Twenge states that these statistics were "one of the more spectacular examples of the mainstream media’s failure to correctly report on and interpret scientific research."
Some of these stats were based on articles published in 2004, but using data from, we kid you not, 1670 to 1830.
A 2004 study found that with sex at least twice a week, 82% of 35-to-39-year-olds conceived within a year, compared with 86% of 27-to-34-year-olds. Other modern studies show the difference in pregnancy rates from early 20s up through age 40 to be only about 4-6 percentage points.