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New Survey Finds Infertility Delivers a Serious Blow to Self-Esteem
Date:1/25/2010

planning to have children, rather than admit to their struggle.

Disbelief a common issue
The majority of those surveyed never imagined that they would experience infertility. Two-thirds (65 percent) said that prior to trying to conceive, it never occurred to them that they may have trouble getting pregnant when they wanted to. More than half of couples (51 percent) agree that they may have waited too long to try to become pregnant. Of the survey respondents currently being treated by a fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist, 91 percent wish they had started doing so sooner.
        
While the survey found that both women and men understand the link between a woman’s age and fertility, they often do not fully understand how soon a woman’s fertility begins to decline significantly. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, a healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20 percent chance per month of getting pregnant, but by age 40, her chance is only about 5 percent per month.(1)
        
“Although an estimated one in eight couples of childbearing age struggles with fertility problems, patients often say they never thought it would happen to them,” said Zev Rosenwaks, M.D., director, Center for Reproductive Medicine, NY-Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Couples need information so they can understand their fertility risk factors, and they need to seek treatment from a specialist quickly if they suspect a problem.”

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