Fertility Rates Hit Record Low

If you’ve seen recent headlines like this one, and you’re thinking “Oh no — I’m getting older and I want babies!” Maybe you’re wondering what this means for you? First of all, I don’t want you to panic. Instead, I want you to get your TUSHY checked!

For real, this is not the time to keep your fingers crossed and wish for the best. If you think you may want children, then I encourage you to schedule a fertility screening. It’s the perfect, easy, and affordable starting point for your journey to becoming a parent.

The data doesn’t lie. Today in the U.S. birth rates are lower than they’ve ever been. More specifically, they are down 2 % between 2017 and 2018. This does not mean the world is ending. But it is a reason for pause, and for taking action.

I am grateful to have been able to share my thoughts on the many factors I believe are contributing to this fertility decline with Healthline and with KTVU news station in my hometown of the Bay Area.

I thought it would be helpful to highlight what I shared with Healthline and on the news with you here.

Why is fertility in the United States declining?

What to know about your risk of infertility

This won’t be new to all of you, but I can’t stress enough the importance of being proactive about your fertility, even long before you hope to conceive. This is especially true for women who can engage in regular fertility testing as early as their 20s.

I also shared with Healthline my “Egg Whisperer golden rules,”

When you’re 40 and ready to have a baby and find out your fertility has been steadily declining since birth, you may be surprised. I don’t want any surprises for you. My wish is for my current patients to all come to me because they are being proactive and wanting to preserve and protect their fertility when they’re young. Of course, if they aren’t young that’s not going to stop us from doing everything else in our power to create the family of your dreams.

As always if you have any questions or would like to see me cover a specific topic for a future show or blog post, please reach out.

email@eggwhisperer.com or post a comment here.

You can also catch more of me and topics like this through The Egg Whisperer Show. The episodes are live-streamed onYouTube, Facebook, and Twitter and on Wednesdays at 7 PM PST. Subscribe to the podcast too!

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Fertility Doctor, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Egg Whisperer: www.eggwhisperer.com

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