Is Contraception to Blame for Infertility?

Lauren Flynn Kelly

A new review highlighting the risk of reproduction after age 35 makes a pretty bold suggestion: Public health campaigns are spreading the word that contraception may actually be delaying women's plans to conceive.

In other words, a brochure on the pill should also warn you against taking that pill for too long if you want to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.

Are they implying people shouldn't have safe sex?

The idea of incorporating facts about infertility into contraceptive campaigns would only send a mixed message. By suggesting that younger women need to be informed of age-related reproductive risk, are the authors of this review implying that younger women are the only ones who should be having babies? Is it insinuating that older women are to blame for their infertility problems because they used contraception for so long? What about those women whose plumbing just isn't conducive to pregnancy, at 25 or 35?

I'm not denying that there are risks associated with later-in-life pregnancy, but I'm sure we all know women over 35 who've been able to conceive and carry a healthy child to term. (Pregnancy over 35 is doable!) But if those women had been told 10 years ago by their doctor that they should get a move on, would they have listened? It's nice to have all the facts, but sometimes, it's just not a matter of listening.

Do you think contraception is to blame for infertility?


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