A lack of awareness is leading to unrealistic expectations, researchers believe.
Apparently nobody knows when menopause kicks in. Or, that’s what young people claim these days.
Here’s what it’s about: research done by scientists in Australia has discovered that many university students down under couldn’t really identify when either female or male fertility declines. Consequently, they tended to have unrealistic expectations of what they might achieve in life before becoming parents.
Researchers based their findings on a large-scale survey that targeted over 1,000 Australian university students via an anonymous questionnaire online.
Almost half of the women (45%) and slightly fewer men (38%) were able to pinpoint the right time that fertility declines for women. (The answer is 35-39 years of age). That’s good news.
But when it came to knowledge about men’s fertility, numbers were severely lacking. Only about 18% of men and 16% of women were able to identify 45-49 years of age as the time when male fertility takes a dive. Women, it seems, have been bearing the brunt of the blame, when it comes to childlessness.
Researchers say the study highlights the “universal difficulty” that many young people, particularly university-educated women, face in modern times. Balancing the competing aspirations of study, career and other personal life goals with the desire to have kids when they’re most fertile, is a challenge.
So, there you have it. The study didn’t offer any solutions for young couples, but now you know that science is behind your anxiety, ladies. At least that’s something.