A new survey has shown more than 60 percent of New Yorkers feel ‘clueless’ about the fertility health
The State of Fertility study, carried out by US-based fertility clinic, CCRM, surveyed 1,000 residents in New York aged between 25 and 44 and revealed concerning gaps of knowledge regarding fertility and reproductive health.
The poll also revealed that a majority (87 percent) of residents mistakenly believe stress has a negative effect on fertility, and 64 percent of respondents are under the impression that taking birth control pills can cause infertility.
According to Dr Brian Levine, founding partner and practice director at CCRM Fertility New York, these misunderstandings demonstrate a prevalent lack of knowledge around fertility health among New Yorkers of reproductive age. In fact, Dr. Levine and CCRM Fertility experts say the local statistics point to a larger issue: more needs to be done to educate and support individuals on their fertility journeys.
Dr Levine said: “Our local findings demonstrate that, while people in New York are very open to discussing their fertility with their friends and loved ones, these circles are inadvertently perpetuating myths and mistruths that can deter them from pursuing assistance when they should.
“In these cases, often the first step to starting a family begins with clinically accurate information.”
Other findings included 52 percent are concerned about their fertility and more than one-third of New York residents have struggled with infertility, including 32 percent that has tried fertility treatments.
Of the people surveyed, 58 percent would consider fertility treatment to have a baby, with that figure jumping to 64 percent among LGBTQ+ respondents. Nearly 70 percent said they knew someone currently struggling or has struggled with infertility and 76 percent believed people should talk more openly about their fertility.
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