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Rancic On Fertility After 35 And Other Infertility Facts

a blog by Claire, October 31, 2012

Giuliana and Bill Rancic have been glowing since their son, Edward Duke, was born via gestational surrogate. Now, Guiliana is shedding some light on fertility after the age of 35 and we couldn’t be prouder of her for spreading the word.

Rancic has admitted infertility came as a big shock to her. She never expected it would be difficult to conceive after 35. “I always say how I chased my career instead of chasing guys. And everybody was patting me on the back. No one ever told me, ‘Oh, by the way, your eggs change when you reach a certain age’”, she said in this month’s Health Magazine. Many women can relate! Today, women are prolonging marriage and family life, spending more time achieving their career goals and not giving a second thought to their fertility.

A survey issued in 2011 found women believed the average 30-year-old has a 70% chance of conceiving. The average 40-year-old? 60% chance! That is simply not the case.

The truth is that a healthy 30-year-old has a 20% chance of conceiving each month and that number falls drastically to just 5% by the time we reach 40 years of age. Along the lines of fertility statistics, most people fail to realize that infertility affects 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age. Women under 35 should be talking to their doctors if they have been trying to conceive for 1 year without success; half of that amount of time if they are over the age of 35.

So why are we so grossly misinformed?

It is largely the influence of the media. Celebrity moms like Jennifer Lopez and Mariah Carey give the impression that anyone can get pregnant in their late 30s and early 40s, which further fuels our misconceptions. Fortunately, stars like Celine Dion, Khloe Kardashian, and Guiliana Rancic are open about their fertility struggles and others like Kim Kardashian and Sofia Vergara are causing a stir on egg freezing for fertility preservation. There is a definite need for women to be given the correct information and celebrities in the media are a great way to do so!

Rancic claims she was dealt the infertility card because God knew she would “get out and share [her] story, not tuck it under a rug”. Way to go, Giuliana! We need more advocates for infertility like you!

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