One Australian Fertility Specialist says yes, the classroom is the perfect place to learn about this, as reported on Yahoo News 7. Surveys continually show that the public, both women and men understand very little about their own fertility, and this is perpetuated in the media by stories of miracle late life pregnancies. Many women understand very little about how their own reproductive systems work, and even less about the true effect of age and lifestyle choices on their ability to have a family. Most of us reproductive specialists see patients all the time whose infertility could have been prevented. This doctor in Adelaide sees education as a sort of preventative medicine for infertility and is advocating making fertility education a part of the school curriculum in his country, along side with contraception. Will it work? And could it happen here in the US?
It 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.