It is difficult to imagine that you are having a conversation with your husband and youngest daughter about a recent article you read about college preparedness. It seems like only yesterday that you were dealing with doctor’s appointments and infertility procedures. And while these conversations about how you think that your youngest daughter is showing her readiness through her medical and behavioral health, academics, and administrative tasks, it is difficult to get yourself ready.
Fertility experts can help you achieve a viable pregnancy, but they may not prepare you for being a parent. Likewise, fostering independence in your children may help them achieve a successful college experience, but it may now prepare you for letting them leave the nest.
Becoming a Parent Is Sometimes As Difficult as Being a Parent
For every woman who gets pregnant on the time schedule that she wants, there are other mothers who have a difficult time achieving this goal. Did you know, for instance, that by the age of 40, only 40% of women who wish to have a baby will be able to do so? In fact, the latest research shows that 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have received some type of infertility services in their lifetime.
Fortunately, there are infertility procedures that can help many couples achieve their goal of getting pregnant. Consider some of these facts and figures about the infertility issues that many couples face and the services that are available to them:
- Dropping down even more steeply from the age of 35, fertility starts to decline for women from about the age of 30.
- Between the ages of 20 and 24 are when women are most fertile.
- 6.7 million women between the ages of 15 and 44 have impaired fecundity, a condition which includes an impaired ability to get pregnant or carry a baby to term.
- Of those who seek medical intervention, approximately 65% give birth. Unfortunately, only 44% of women with infertility have ever taken the time to seek medical assistance.
- A couple who are between the ages of 29 and 33 with a normal functioning reproductive system has only a 20% to 25% chance of conceiving in any given month.
- 7.5% of all sexually experienced men younger than age 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor during their lifetime, according to a Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study which analyzed data from the 2002 National Survey of Family Growth. This percentage represents 3.3–4.7 million men.
Many stages of parenting can be difficult. And while it may seem like a major challenge to get ready to send your children off to college, there are many couples who are still considering the options of available infertility procedures to even get started with a family.