As a millennial, can I just say that sometimes it seems as though the world we inhabit is an especially heinous dumpster fire? The planet is too hot, politics are an unmanageable minefield, and stress and anxiety permeate most aspects of our lives (even when we’re sleeping). As if that weren’t enough, insecurities involving fertility are also on the minds of some millennial women, new research finds.
More than 70 percent considered stress to be a factor in infertility, but despite the mental-health condition affecting us more than it used to, it’s not yet correlated with curbing the ability to conceive.
Women’s health company Celmatix surveyed 1,000 women between the ages of 25 and 33 who were not pregnant and had never had children about reproductive issues and found that 46 percent of respondents were somewhat concerned with their fertility, 10 percent were very concerned, and 43 percent were not concerned. Additionally according to the survey, more than 70 percent considered stress to be a factor in infertility, but despite the mental-health condition affecting us more than it used to, it’s not yet correlated with curbing the ability to conceive.
The findings also reflected the millennial woman’s progressive stance on sex and family: Less than half of the respondents cited having children as important, and the majority indicated not having concrete plan for starting a family.
Some hardly surprising takeaways? Well, 80 percent of the women said they found most of their health information online (same), and a majority said finances played a major role in family planning.
Just remember that with all reproductive health and wellness issues, with knowledge—about your body and yes, your vagina—comes power. And ultimately, you’re the only person who can make the right choice for yourself.
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