Clare Murphy, Director of External Affairs at the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said:
“This important research highlights just how carefully we need to communicate messages about fertility and infertility, however well-intentioned these may be. It’s often suggested that women are ignorant about the decline in fertility as they get older – if anything many young women are acutely aware that they may experience difficulties conceiving and worry about this – often without any good reason. At bpas we see women convinced an episode of chlamydia had left them infertile, or that their ability to conceive would be significantly reduced because of their weight. Women deserve high quality, evidence-based information about fertility communicated in a respectful way to help inform their decisions across their reproductive lifecourse.”
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Notes to Editors:
The RCOG's press release can be read here.
bpas is a charity which sees more than 80,000 women a year for reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org.