Typically discussions around infertility struggles focus on older women… and for good reason. It is reported that before 40, women have a 90% chance of becoming pregnant. By 40, that percentage has dropped down to 67%, and by 45 a woman’s percent chance is as low as 15%. However, this does leave an important group out of the conversation… younger women struggling with infertility.
Struggling to conceive can be especially challenging for young women who feel they should be in the peak of fertility. Mary Roberts had been trying to conceive for 4 years, since she was 23, knows about the special pain that comes with infertility so young. “I never thought our 20s would be so consumed and obsessed with dealing with these treatments,” Mary says. Another young fertility patient, Olivia Tullo, discusses the isolation that comes from infertility at a young age—feeling unable to connect with friends who didn’t understand her struggles. However, Mary and Olivia are not alone. It is estimated that 40,000 cycles of IVF fresh embryo, non-donor cycles in 2010 were women under the age of 35 (Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology).