Nowadays, it seems that more women than ever are putting off having kids in favour of personal pursuits, but according to a top fertility doctor they should be trying for a baby before they’re 30.
In a letter to education secretary Nicky Morgan, The Mail On Sunday reported that professor Geeta Nargund has asked for fertility lessons to be included in national curriculum in a bid to “empower people to take control of their fertility.”
“I have witnessed all too often the shock and agony on the faces of women who realise they have left it too late to start a family,” she wrote. “For so many, this news comes as a genuine surprise and the sense of devastation and regret can be overwhelming.
“Information is power and the best way to empower people to take control of their fertility is through education,” she continued.
Nargund warned that an increasing number of women in their 30s and 40s were seeking IVF treatment after being confronted with fertility issues that were both “costly and largely unnecessary.”
“Ideally, if a woman is ready for a child, she should start trying by the time she is 30,” she wrote. The reason why? “Because as a woman gets older, her fertility declines sharply.”
Speaking to Sky News, the professor pointed out that lifestyle factors such as smoking, alcohol intake, sexually transmitted diseases, medical conditions and body weight all have a significant impact on fertility later on in life. Therefore, Nargund believes it’s imperative women are taught about biological ageing so “they can make an informed choice.”
“If women are ready, if they have the right partner and have the right financial and social stability and the support to have a child, then I think they should consider not delaying – that’s my clear message,” she urged.
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