Dr Judith Daniluk, Counselling Psychology Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in a recent fertility awareness survey, revealed significant knowledge gaps around conceiving :
• 51% of women and 66% of men don't realise that a woman's eggs are as old as she is.
• 91 % of women & 92 % of men believe that until menopause, in vitro fertilisation can help most women to have a baby using their own eggs.
• 81% of men and 73% of women incorrectly think that for women over 30, overall health and fitness level is a better indicator of fertility than age.
• Only 41 % of men and 43% of women know that a man's age is an important factor in a couple's chances of becoming pregnant.
• Fewer than half (47%) of men and only 51% of women surveyed know that egg freezing before age 35 can significantly prolong a woman's fertility.
The average age for women to have their first child has risen from 25-29 to 30-34 since 1991,
The birth rate for women in the 40-44 range has doubled between 1988 and 2008.
Fertility education is also critical. Women and men need to have accurate information about the consequences of delayed childbearing and the limitations of assisted reproductive technologies so that they can make more informed fertility and childbearing decisions."
MyFertilityChoices.com is a support resource set up by Daniluk that keeps you informed
childbearing and family planning decision-making. It may also prompt individuals to have their fertility tested, to pursue fertility preservation, and to seek medical advice - thereby reducing the chance of facing infertility and needing in vitro fertilisation in the future.
Aisling Killoran supports the entire fertility process and is tailored for each individual for optimal health and wellbeing.
Aisling Killoran also takes people further along their journey once they have conceived; offering a great hypnobirthing programme for pregnant couples as they prepare for their baby's birth.
Source: Infertility Awareness Association of Canada Vancouver, March 27, 2013, /CNW Telbec