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why is there so much infertility in america? they're actually advertising infertility clincs on the radio here. is this an epidemic?
 

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1. people wait to have kids

2. I think people just accepted it in the past, now they know that it is treatable.
 

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Too many guys wearing too tight denim.
 

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It's not just the US. The UK, for example, also has issues.

I agree with globe that it has a lot to do with people putting off childbearing until later in life, and there is greater pub of it these days. Drugs has at least a little to do with it, too.
 

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An unhealthy lifestyle is the main reason why so many men's semen quality is simply too low to reproduce. Smoking, too little exercise and unhealthy food all lower the sperm count (or whatever it's called in english).
 

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The government puts chemicals in the public water as population control. Inner city neighborhoods get the highest concentration, suburbs and rural areas get less, and the wealthy areas are unaffected.

Similarly, the cheap-o bottled water from Wal-Mart has a high concentration of the chemical, but expensive water such as Fiji has none.















Oh wait, this isn't Current Events...
 

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I'm gonna go get some cheap-o Wal Mart water. BBIAB.
 

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Agree with Globetrotter:

1) Many people, especially among the professional and academic classes (i.e. those with means) are putting off having children well past the natural prime. This is the target audience of these ads.

2) People are not accepting infertility as as intractable problem.

3) The pill deliberately messes around with a woman's menstrual cycle. Research into the longterm implications of this type of contraceptive is ongoing, but smart money says that there are effects on fertility.
 

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Originally Posted by LA Guy
3) The pill deliberately messes around with a woman's menstrual cycle. Research into the longterm implications of this type of contraceptive is ongoing, but smart money says that there are effects on fertility.


good point too
 

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The stats I have in memory for infertility are 1/3 is her fault, 1/3 is his fault, 1/3 is both of them. There is a long list of things that can go wrong.
 

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Originally Posted by LA Guy
Agree with Globetrotter:

1) Many people, especially among the professional and academic classes (i.e. those with means) are putting off having children well past the natural prime. This is the target audience of these ads.

2) People are not accepting infertility as as intractable problem.

3) The pill deliberately messes around with a woman's menstrual cycle. Research into the longterm implications of this type of contraceptive is ongoing, but smart money says that there are effects on fertility.


so infertility is going up. it's not just my imagination. maybe it's time to start having kids earlier and ditch the birth control pills. i don't want to sound like i'm against IVF, but wouldn't most prefer to have their children au naturel?
 

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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
so infertility is going up. it's not just my imagination. maybe it's time to start having kids earlier and ditch the birth control pills. i don't want to sound like i'm against IVF, but wouldn't most prefer to have their children au naturel?


damn right, but nobody believes it is going to happen to them. My sister has 5 or 6 points against her - her age, several health issues, etc, and she doesn't beleive that she will have any problem, once she starts trying. I know several people who are in the same position.
 

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Originally Posted by matadorpoeta
so infertility is going up. it's not just my imagination. maybe it's time to start having kids earlier and ditch the birth control pills. i don't want to sound like i'm against IVF, but wouldn't most prefer to have their children au naturel?


Without the research in front of me, I would hesitate to draw a link between more ads for fertility clinics on the tv and radio and an increase in infertility. As the saying goes, correlation does not equal causation. I think it is as Globetrotter said: people know it can be overcome, and I will add: they have the money to do so. I suspect if you are in medical school and comtemplating what field you are interested in and include your expected earnings, fertility might be high up there for the $$.

Just my economist's point of view.

bob
 

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