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Protecting Your Future Fertility
Career or a degree may be your priority now, but what about later?
With conflicting information regarding the best age to have a child hitting women from all angles—celebrities becoming mothers well into their 40s, frightful studies showing pregnancy is 25% less likely after 35, or infertility issues affecting 10% of American couples of childbearing age—it’s understandable that young women still in their 20s and early 30s might experience some mixed emotions on her pregnancy timetable.
Betty Cruz, a 33-year-old masters student at the University of Pittsburgh, says the first thing she thinks about when considering her future is her NuvaRing, her preferred birth control. “And a job and marrying my partner of six years,” she hastens to add.
Her point is clear. Like thousands of other young women who are choosing career and education over motherhood, hoping to conceive has taken a backseat to hoping not to conceive.
But even Cruz says she goes through “kicks” where she takes a multi-vitamin enriched with folic acid, the mineral doctors most often suggest adding to a pregnancy diet, in preparation of her someday-maybe-future baby.
We asked three fertility experts: What are the lifestyle issues women should consider to keep their body in top condition for future motherhood.