Post # 1
She makes the argument that having babies in a woman’s early-mid 30s isn’t really harder or riskier than having them in their 20s, although there was still found to be a marked increase in the risk of miscarriage.
I think what she says about infertility after 30 being the result of correlation and not causation makes a lot of sense. I would imagine that many (maybe even the majority) of women don’t use contraception 100% perfect 100% of the time throughout their entire sexually active life, so it makes sense that many of the more fertile women will have unplanned pregnancies younger and the less fertile women will not. Also, many of the couples trying to conceive in their 30s may have been trying since their 20s but just have been unsuccessful.
What do you think?
Post # 3
Interesting. I remember hearing about this article a few months ago, though I don’t think I read it then. It’s totally crazy that the articles that are cited all the time are from hundreds of years ago!
Also definitely reassuring to see some other data. I am 31 and will be 32 when we are TTC… with our first, and we want at least two. I’ll probably be at least 35 (if not older) when we are TTC #2.
Post # 4
I actually mentioned something similar to this on the Daily Mail article thread. Basically, in my opinion, these fertility studies are flawed. You have inconclusive subjects (i.e. you don’t know if the woman having issues TTC in her 30s would have had a hard time in her 20s bc she wasn’t even TRYING then). Like another poster said, unless you are following these women around during their 20s and 30, you just don’t know the full story.