Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Flunking the Fertility IQ Test

I was on the phone with a woman who's writing a new book about infertility - she's a nurse who's been involved in treating couples for many, many years - and one of the things she mentioned as a goal of her book is that she wants people to get it into their heads that although technology is moving along, biology is still biology - and waiting to try to conceive until your late 30's and early 40's isn't always the best idea...

And then I came across this article by JoNel Aleccia about the fact that women didn't consistently answer correctly even some of the most basic fertility questions.

A few years back, I did research about women's estimates of their chances of conceiving each month. Interestingly, I found that the overestimated their chance of conceiving quickly, whereas they underestimated their chance of conceiving if they had already been trying for more than a few months. I never got around to doing the statistical analysis, but when I do, I think it will be an interesting read.