CHILDLESSNESS IN WOMEN 40-44 UP
Posted by avnerhershlag on November 17, 2010
- A recent report by Cohn and Livingston from the Pew Research Center concludes that:
- Nearly one-in-five American women end their childbearing years without having borne a child, compared with one-in-ten in the 1970s.
- While childlessness has risen for all racial and ethnic groups, and most education levels, it has fallen over the past decade for women with advanced degrees.
- The most educated women still are among the most likely never to have had a child. But in a notable exception to the overall rising trend, in 2008, 24% of women ages 40-44 with a master’s, doctoral or professional degree had not had children, a decline from 31% in 1994.
- Among older women, ages 40-44, there are equal numbers of women who are childless by choice and those who would like children but cannot have them, according to an analysis of data from the National Survey of Family Growth. In 2002, among women ages 40-44, 6% were deemed voluntarily childless, 6% involuntarily childless and 2% childless but hoping to have children in the future.
- Clearly, there are women and couples who remain childless by choice.
- However, it’s practically impossible to estimate how many of these childless women, from early to mid-forties, would have rather had children, had they be given the choice.
- While some women truly prefer not to have children, others might be secretly wishing for a child while not openly admitting their inability to conceive late in the reproductive lifespan.
So if you do want to become a mom – what action should you take?
- If you are in your early thirties and not planning to have a child anytime soon because of your career or because you haven’t found a partner yet, you may freeze your eggs. Recent technology allows long-term survival and good chances for a pregnancy in the future.
- If you are over 35 years of age and have experienced multiple failures to conceive and/or several miscarriages, you may choose to have genetic screening (PGS – Preimplantation Genetic Screening) of your embryos, which should help identify embryos with normal chromosomes and increase your chances to have a live, normal baby.
- If you’re unable to conceive from your own eggs, using Donor Eggs you should have an excellent chance of conceiving. In fact, you could have several children through egg donation, even if you are in your mid-forties.
- So – yes! Childlessless in your forties may represent empowerment of women who choose not to have a child. However, for those of you who do not wish to remain childless, the true empowerment is through reproductive technologies.
- If you are younger, plan for the future! Be proactive!
- And if you are older, you can still be a very happy mother if you’re ready to open up your mind to new reproductive options.