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Should infertility education be taught in schools?
Results from a recent survey show that women not only are in favor of early infertility education, but that awareness could impact life choices. In honor of National Infertility Awareness Week, Fertility Centers of Illinois (FCI) conducted the national survey of 1,208 women ages 25-45 who do not have children.
“While the ongoing national infertility conversation in recent years has helped to build awareness,” said Dr. John Rapisarda. “We need to start these conversations earlier so women and couples can make informed decisions before fertility declines.”
The survey revealed an important education opportunity especially for women. Nearly half (48%) of women over 35 said they knew little or nothing at all about declines in ovarian reserve, increased miscarriage rates, and high risk pregnancy considerations for women over 35. Over half (52%) of women over 35 said that infertility education earlier in life would have affected their life choices.
“School curriculum should include the basic definition of infertility in women over and under 35,” said Rapisarda. “And address that men and women are diagnosed equally with infertility issues.”
Approximately, 79 percent of respondents feel this information should be included in high school sex education classes. Currently, infertility education is not a component of school curriculum for sex education.
FCI plans to approach the Illinois School Health Advisory Committee with recommendations for including infertility as part of high school sex education classes.