The new face of infertility is getting younger, USA Today reports. Specialists aren't just seeing women who are 35 and older anymore as
reproductive challenges are starting to change "the life plans of many in
their late 20s and early 30s," according to the USA Today article.
"The older woman is sort of a myth, even though
that's the public perception. Infertility affects women and men at all
ages," says Barbara Collura, executive director of RESOLVE: The National
Infertility Association, as quoted by USA Today.
According to the article, an
increasing number of younger women are seeking the help of fertility
specialists. They are often "impatient to start families; often they
haven't been trying a year before seeking treatment," which is considered
standard practice for women younger than 35.
The Internet has served as a valuable tool for younger
women facing challenges in conceiving—both as a source for facts and emotional
support. "They search the Internet for information ... and are outspoken
about their disappointment as they put a new face on a topic once considered
taboo," the USA Today article reports. Women's health experts are increasingly advising women in
their 20s to start thinking about their reproductive future. "The
best time to have a baby is up to age 32," says reproductive
endocrinologist Pasquale Patrizio, director of the Yale Fertility Center in New
Haven, Conn., as quoted by USA Today.