by Gabriella Patti, Natural Womanhood
A recent study conducted by the Morning Consult for theNew York Times shows that the U.S. birthrate has declined significantly due to various economic and social factors. The study focused on young adults and indicates that younger generations are having fewer children for reasons ranging from a lack of economic stability to a desire for independence.
The United States has gradually slowed to the rest of the world’s declining birthrate, but the reasoning behind our concerning, but predictable decline goes beyond the factors considered in the Times’ report. As Anna Almendrala wrote for the Huffington Post, one factor not considered, but shockingly relevant, is that young people are unaware of when their fertility actually begins to decline. Furthermore, many young adults have placed their trust in modern technological methods of conceiving such as IVF.
But there’s reason to believe that many women are overestimating the effectiveness of these methods after a certain age. With economic factors being one of the top listed concerns, it’s important to note that on top of its unpredictability, IVF treatments cost approximately $12,000, and donor eggs and surrogacy cost even more.
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