Considering parenthood? Visit My Fertility Choices website
Blog Author: Tara LyonPosted: Friday, July 13, 2012 - 15:51
Career choices, relationship difficulties, travel, and financial concerns are some of the reasons why women might find themselves waiting longer to have children. While women need to make childbearing choices that are right for them, it’s important that they have accurate information about their fertility to help them through the decision-making process.
UBC has developed a comprehensive resource for BC women seeking answers about fertility and assisted reproduction. The website, My Fertility Choices provides information on fertility history and life span, making the decision to have children, assisted reproduction, third-party options, and LGBT and single-parent options.
In February this year, Dr Judith Daniluk, a professor of counseling psychology at UBC, and Emily Koert, a PhD candidate in counseling psychology, published an article in Fertility and Sterility called “Childless women's knowledge of fertility and assisted human reproduction: Identifying the gaps.” The article was based on study data collected in a self-report questionnaire completed by 3345 childless women between the ages of 20 and 50.
The data suggested that the participants had no coherent body of knowledge regarding age-related fertility and the limitations of assisted reproduction techniques. Recognizing that women of childbearing age need an understanding of their fertility in order to make informed choices about when to start a family, Dr Daniluk and Ms Koert worked together to develop the My Fertility Choices site.
The site, funded by a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, incorporates information and advice from both medical and mental health experts. Information is presented in an easy-to-read, narrative style. Questions such as “How do I initiate a conversation with my new partner about my interest in having kids as soon as possible, without scaring him/her off?” are answered with practical conversation-starters and tips on dealing with emotions on both sides of the relationship.
Questions range from universal (“How do we prepare for becoming parents?”) to very situation-specific (We are a lesbian couple and we both want to have a child using the same donor. How do we decide who should try to get pregnant first?). There is advice available for virtually every imaginable child-bearing relationship dilemma.
Medical fertility advice includes information on the preservation of eggs, embryos, and sperm through freezing, and the reliability and success rates of each option. Fertility life span information for both men and women is provided, and fertility history questions--such as how having had an STI or an abortion will affect the ability to bear children in the future--are also answered.
My Fertility Choices is a truly all-encompassing resource of reliable fertility knowledge. The information is well-written and compassionately presented, and addresses all the issues and difficult questions faced by anyone considering parenthood.