Rumor would have us believing that women are putting off their fertility treatments until the latest possible time in their lives, but that seems to be a myth. A recent survey of over 700 women showed that 88% were under age 35 when they first sought treatment for their fertility issues.
This shows that many women (and men) are recognizing the signs that they might need help (e.g., not conceiving naturally after trying for about a year to get pregnant, a series of ectopic pregnancies, endometriosis, STDs). It’s a good development, as it gives individuals and families more time to work with reproductive science specialists to address their fertility issues.
Is Infertility Higher Among Asian-American Women?
Recent reports have suggested that Asian-American women may have more trouble conceiving than their Caucasian counterparts.
With all elements being relatively equal — where the women come from, their ages, their lifestyles — Asian-American females had fewer successful pregnancies (naturally or through IVF) than did Caucasians.
What isn’t clear is why this seems to be the case. Could it be that Asian-American women are typically small in stature? Could it be something that Asian-Americans tend to eat or use for medicine (such as herbs or foreign foods)?
The good news is that Asian-Americans CAN conceive; it just might take a bit longer for them than for a Caucasian friend.
Infertility and “The Morgans”
Reviews are in for “Did You Hear about The Morgans?” In general, they’re not pretty, but the evaluations of movie critics are beyond the scope of this article.
The real problem with the script may be that, once again, infertility is thrown into the mix as a catalyst for “marriage problems”. Hollywood’s view of infertility seems to be as a writing device; consequently, it’s rarely treated with any kind of genuine regard but rather glossed over.
In reality, though, infertility is so much more complex. It’s also highly personal, generating more discussions than simply film-style “We can’t have a baby” ones.
It would be nice to see a mainstream movie appear that honestly deals with the layers of infertility instead of using it as some kind of technique to explain away marital difficulties.
Blame Infertility on Soy?
Soy is being used more and more often in everyday products. While many vegetarians, vegans and otherwise nutrition-conscious individuals are thrilled about this fact, others, especially those with fertility issues, are becoming wary of what seems to be a soy overload.
The problem is that soy can “mimic” the female hormones. And some researchers have found that this is causing a boost in infertility in both men and women.
So should you quit drinking or eating soy? Although there are no definitive answers, it’s a good question to ask your reproductive health specialist.