Couples are waiting to attempt pregnancy. Can we stem the tide?

Pregnant womanIt is well established that the risk of infertility and the success rates for fertility treatments such as IVF decline with age. Yet, spurred on by reports of reproductive miracles, and the complexities of modern life, young women commonly chose to delay childbearing.  Researchers from Australia looked at online educational brochures as a way of educating women of reproductive age about the realities of reproductive aging. It turns out that the women who viewed these brochures  changed their minds and decided that they would prefer to have their children at a younger age.  Whether it is possible to make this actually happen in the real world, and whether it is possible to get the word out to enough women, remains to be seen, but it is a potential starting point.

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