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Monday, September 23, 2013

Fertility Impact of Oz Women Waiting Too Long To Have Babies

Fertility Impact of Oz Women Waiting Too Long To Have Babies

The news stories have it well documented. More and more women the world over are delaying starting a family until they are well into their 30s, and Australian women are no different. Recent statistical report from the past 5 years up to present time shows that Australian women are delaying pregnancy and are having fewer children as a consequence thereof. Because of this, several questions comes to mind, like: Should Australian women be delaying pregnancy at all? And to what end? What is the impact on fertility when it comes to the women of Oz delaying their pregnancy? Is it worth it?

It is not worth it, and for 2 reasons. One, it negatively affects population. In recent years and looking way back to 1976, the number of children an Australian woman has is less than 2, meaning the population turnover cannot even replace itself. Two, staving pregnancy until one is over the best childbearing years of 20-24 or going for it too early can result to a multitude of problems and complications.

Delaying pregnancy until over 25 years of age is not new news. Studies that have been circulating in the web do show that women are choosing to have children later on in life and are having fewer children as a result. The use of contraceptives gave women the power to choose when not to have children. But is it only the use of contraceptives that causes a decline in the number of children a woman has as she chooses to delay getting pregnant? Waiting too long to get pregnant has an impact on fertility and population. As a woman staves off getting pregnant past her best fertile years (20-24), she risks a multitude of problems, same as a woman who has children before her body is mature enough to accommodate another life.

The following enumerates what can go wrong if a woman delays choosing to conceive:

1. After the age of 25, the chances of conceiving declines at a steady rate. Supposing that a woman is having regular intercourse which is 2 to 3 times a week; at the age of 25, only 5% will need more than a year to conceive, but as the woman turns a decade older at 35 years of age, 30% or more will need more than a year to conceive. If a woman needs to try more and take a longer time to conceive in her remaining reproductive years, the fewer babies she would be able to have.

2. Once a woman reaches her 30s, there are more chances of having miscarriages, or having babies with birth anomalies. This is because of the fact that as a woman grows older, the quality of the egg she releases also declines. Hence, the resulting embryo might have a problem latching unto the womb resulting to a miscarriage. On other times, defective or poor quality egg may result to a fetus with a birth defect or congenital anomaly that it spontaneously gets aborted or does not live long, affecting the statistics of fertility.

3. The risks of having still births hikes up exponentially once a woman is past 30 years of age. For instance, at age 35, there is 2.5x more chance of having stillbirth compared to if she is younger, and at age 40, that possibility is further raised to 5x. Stillbirths does not only directly fertility statistics of course, but indirectly a well. From a psychological point of view, a woman who has had a miscarriage is less confident to attempt conceiving again.

4. A woman’s body is made to be a vessel to nourish and protect the unborn child. If a woman is too old or too young to have children, biologically speaking, if below 15 years of age or more than 35 years of age, then she is more likely to have problems absorbing and utilizing the nutrients needed for her unborn child’s growth, furthering the need to monitor her diet and nutritional intake.

5. Those women who stave off pregnancy usually have either school or work which stresses them out. An unhealthy and stressful lifestyle affects a woman’s food choices and intake, and also her hormonal production which are of course highly important in matters of fertility and achieving conception.

6. Childbirth complications are also increased with both too young and women over 35 years of age at the time of conception.  Simply put, labor and delivery will be a bloody and difficult affair indeed for women over 35 years of age who of course are dealing with difficulties brought upon by aging and those who are below 15 whose bodies may not be adequately prepared for birthing.

Are all the negative aspects worth it? With all things considered, taking too long a time and delaying conceiving a child or having children is simply not worth it. So, should a woman wait too long to conceive children? I think not.

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