A persistent misperception: assisted reproductive technology can reverse the “aged biological clock”

Women feel pressure to conceive later in life, have ongoing misperceptions about assisted reproduction, and are disappointed to discover their dismal chances for a genetic child.

Nichole Wyndham, B.A., Paula Gabriela Marin Figueira, M.D., Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., M.B.E.
Volume 97, Issue 5, Pages 1044-1047, May 2012

Delaying motherhood should be a free choice made in full knowledge of all the consequences, but modern women have alarming misconceptions about their own reproductive systems and the effectiveness of assisted reproductive technologies. Doctors and health professionals must begin to discuss fertility preservation with their patients and make sure that young women truly understand all their options. Preventing age-related infertility is the responsibility not only of doctors and medical practitioners but also of society at large. Social, economic, and personal pressures are causing women to decide to conceive later in life, yet those who choose to delay motherhood are stigmatized as being selfish and unconcerned about starting a family. This stigma must be banished, and age-related infertility should be faced as a medical problem.


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