Top 10 things you should know about your fertility
As a perfect closure to this month and our discussions on fertility, I thought I would share with you the great opportunity I recently had to work with First Response, Fertility, Ovulation & Pregnancy Tests in New York City to get the word out to the media about a recent study they helped to develop.
1. 41% of women believe that their ovaries continue to make new eggs as they age, when in fact women are born with the number of eggs they’ll have their whole life. (Understatement on fertility blog)
2. 40% of women did not know that the timing of ovulation is 14 days before a woman’s period
3. 60% of women incorrectly believed that intercourse should be timed after ovulation to maximize chances of conception
4. 30% of women are unaware that exposure to an STI’s may affect fertility
- STI’s like Gonorrhea and Chlamydia can cause scarring in your tubes that can cause blockage and prevent the sperm from reaching the egg
5. Only 58% of Hispanic women start thinking about their reproductive health before they are ready to try to conceive, compared to 70% of the general population
6. Hispanic women are more likely than the general population to post their pregnancy news on Facebook (GP: 40%, H: 49%) or share over a text message (GP: 24%, H: 34%).
- Although Hispanic women are less likely than the general population to take part in some of the planning steps leading up to trying to have a baby, they are more likely to share the joys of having their baby over social media.
- As educators, we can take advantage of the way groups of people are communicating and make use of this to reach out and send valuable health information through these social media avenues.
7. Today, 63% of women named economical and societal factors as issues impacting their decisions to conceive
- 38% cited the state of the economy as a reason that impacted their decision to conceive
- 25% noted the balance of work and parenting as factors in their decision to conceive
8. Only 50% of women surveyed had ever discussed their reproductive health with their medical provider
9. While 70% of women felt it is important to consider reproductive health before they started trying to conceive, 36% of the respondents reported not visiting a women’s health care provider annually and 10% of women had never seen a women’s health care provider
- Women today need to have more frequent and open conversations about ovulation, fertility and pregnancy with their health care providers or trusted resources
10. Women in all age groups chose women’s health care providers (75%) and websites (40%) as their top sources of reproductive health-related information
It is quite obvious and not a surprise that women need to have more knowledge about their bodies in general and their reproductive health specifically. Hence the inspiration for dryepez.com. Remember our mantra: Educate. Engage. Empower.