We live in a stressful world. The climate is changing, the economy is wavering, and the political landscape is more divided than it ever has been. As a result, millennials experience a lot of stress. A new study conducted by fertility testing group Celmatix has revealed how this stress plays into millennial women's concerns regarding fertility.
According to the study's results:
- Most millennial women are concerned about their fertility
- Most millennial women believe stress impacts fertility
- Stress may or may not actually impact fertility
How Millennial Women Feel About Fertility
They're Stressed About Fertility
According to the study-- which surveyed 1,000 women between the ages of 25 and 33 who were neither pregnant nor had ever had children-- a whopping 46% of respondents revealed that they're concerned about their fertility. An additional 10% of respondents reported being "very concerned" about their fertility, which adds up to 56% of young women polled feeling uncertain about their reproductive wellbeing. Comparatively, 43% of respondents said that they were not concerned about their ability to conceive.
They're Stressed About Being Stressed
But why are millennial women so concerned about conception? The researchers also discovered that 70% of millennial women believe that stress plays a significant role in their ability to conceive. Which is just another thing to be stressed about.
So Are These Fears Justified?
To be honest, we aren't quite sure yet. As of right now, there's no research indicating that stress levels have any impact on a woman's fertility. But that does not necessarily mean that stress isn't a factor in fertility. In recent years, the number of Americans seeking professional help for stress and anxiety-related mental health issues have skyrocketed, so more research on the impact all of that stress has on health-- and reproductive health specifically--will be forthcoming.
The study, which focused on reproductive issues in general, also made a number of other interesting discoveries about how millennial women feel about their reproductive health. A few of these discoveries include:
- Less than half of millennial women rank having a family as important to them
- The majority of millennial women have no concrete plan to start a family anytime in the near future
- 80% of respondents admitted that they get most of their health information from online sources
- A majority of respondents indicated that finances and financial stability (or lack thereof) plays a significant role in family planning
As in all matters of reproductive health and well being, the only opinions that really matter are yours and your physician's. Keep in mind that knowledge is power-- the better informed you are about your body and your reproductive health, the easier it will be to make the best decisions for you. When it really comes down to it, you are the only one who can make reproductive decisions for yourself, so take a deep breath and de-stress! No matter what you choose to do, everything is going to be totally fine!