As much as we hear stories of women having multiples after IVF, a new study finds that women are actually seeking fertility treatments less often than they were 30 years ago, reports the Huffington Post.
True, the number of women who have gotten IVF has increased a lot in the last decade but the women who are going to the doctor for fertility drugs or even advice about the best sex positions for getting pregnant has gone down. Actually,
“…the use of complex procedures such as in vitro fertilization accounts for a small percentage of the services women get, and despite their increase, the overall use of infertility services has decreased, according to the study.
Researchers found that 38 percent of women who had no children yet and were having problems getting pregnant used infertility services between 2006 and 2010, a significant drop from the 56 percent of such women who used infertility services in 1982, according to the report.”
The study used data from 20,000 men and women between ages 25 and 44.
Why the decrease? Part of the reason is the fact that more women are choosing not to have children or are waiting until after 44 to start their families. Other women and couples may find that if getting pregnant isn’t working, it might be time to adopt or find a surrogate.