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As part of women's health company Celmatix's #SaytheFword campaign to end the stigma around fertility, the organization surveyed engaged and newly married women about family planning and fertility. The results proved that while many couples discuss these topics, some are still difficult to bring up, even with the person you plan to spend the rest of your life with. According to the survey, more than one-third of women wished they had discussed finances relating to family planning and fertility treatment prior to getting engaged.
500 women aged 21 to 42 who were engaged or married for no more than two years participated in the survey. According to their responses, while 84% of women talked to their partners about having children while dating, 40% did not discuss the possibility of fertility issues before getting married. Additionally, 15% of couples admitted to not discussing the financial implications of having children and 36% have never discussed the potential cost of fertility treatments.
While it may seem like a far-off possibility, the reality is that about 12% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. As with every other aspect of a relationship, communication is key. It's clear based on this survey that having difficult conversations about things like infertility before getting engaged is vital for making sure you and your partner are on the same page about the issues that may arise during marriage.
For more information on fertility, head to #SaytheFword.