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Surveying Women's Thoughts on Motherhood

Why women delay having children

a blog by Claire, September 7, 2012

A new British survey is revealing of why women may wait to start their families. One of the answers that many women gave was pretty simple: They don't want to give up their freedom.

(A Canadian study published in January 2012 explored the same topic.)

The UK's Red magazine surveyed 3,000 women aged 28 to 45 for their 2012 Modern Motherhood Report, which brought forth interesting information about the way women think. What comes across very strong in the study is that women feel confident about their priorities in life and deciding when and how they want children — and they are not too concerned about the biological clock.

  • Nearly half (45 percent) of women who had not yet tried for children said they were delaying starting a family because they did not want to give up their life and freedom.
  • Only 17 percent worry about being too old to conceive.
  • More than 75 percent of the women surveyed believe that infertility is a medical problem which can be treated.
  • Women surveyed said having freedom, more money to spend on themselves, more time to spend with their partners and being able to focus on work and business were the upsides of not having children.
  • Of those who had not started trying for children, 36 percent were not sure if they wanted a family, and 28 percent wanted to focus on their career. Just under a third (31 percent) had not met the right partner yet.
  • One in five women would consider having a baby on their own.

The magazine calls wanting children but not having the right partner — or that partner not wanting children —"emotional infertility." The survey found that more than half of women (54 percent) thought that "emotional infertility" was just as painful as medical infertility. The report says that "emotional infertility" can be just as damaging as being unable to conceive a child because of a medical problem.

Even though women are not as concerned about aging and fertility, there are certain realities, and women should be aware of these as they make their plans. And if you are ready to start a family, but having trouble conceiving, FertilityAuthority can help you find the right fertility doctor for you.

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