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Women delaying childbirth based on misinformation: study
« on: October 13, 2010, 10:09:47 PM »
Judith Daniluk has met too many women who put off having babies for years and years, only to realize it's too late.

Daniluk, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, said advances in fertility science have been greatly exaggerated by the media, and in some cases, by family doctors, such that women are misled into believing they can start a family whenever they want.

Over the past 25 years, Daniluk has worked as a clinical consultant to fertility clinics in Alberta and B.C., where she's counselled many women in their late 30s and early 40s -- or sometimes, even older -- who try, and often fail, to get pregnant.

"Many of these women were surprised to learn that their chances of a successful pregnancy were significantly reduced based on age-related fertility declines -- declines that couldn't be compensated for by the use of assisted reproductive technologies and treatments. It was heartbreaking to see their disappointment and despair when they were unable to achieve a viable pregnancy," she said.

That's why she's leading research to figure out why women are putting off childbirth and how informed women are about their own reproductive health.

So far, 45.5% of women who responded to the survey expect to give birth between 36 and 41, and 13.2% think they will have children at 42 or older. Nearly half said they expect to use a sperm donor, an egg donor or invitro-fertilization to achieve their goals. More than half said they were likely to freeze and store their eggs.

Misleading websites, uninformed doctors and high-profile middle-aged moms like Celine Dion make women think they can delay childbirth, she said. The truth, however, is technology-aided birth is extremely expensive and not very reliable for anyone over 34. The chances of getting pregnant, even with fertilization treatment, are less than 1% for women over 46.


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