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Over 40s Pregnancy the New Teen Pregnancy

After years of using the pill, condoms, or whatever else to prevent pregnancy, many women in their late 30s, 40s, and 50s presume that their bodies will take over the contraceptive duties. But statistics in UK show that the infertility message has "gone too far" because women mistakenly think they cannot get pregnant and stop using contraception. The proof? Women aged 40 to 44 get abortions at the same rate as girls younger than 16.

Just as with teen pregnancy, the government is aiming an educational campaign at older women. It's called "Conceivable?" and it reminds women to use contraception until menopause. This all sounds like another reason to show the vasectomy some more love. At least women in committed relationships not looking for children should be able to pass on the contraception burden to their partners!

Does it shock you that women rely on their decreasing fertility as a birth control?

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cherryblossom cherryblossom 7 years
It never was suppossed to have anything to do with fertility in the first place, that i know of anyway. Its not that when you are 40 your eggs shrivel up and waste away, its that by that age the risks for things like down- syndrome and other birth defects/ difficulties go up.
sourcherry sourcherry 7 years
Great point chloe bella, I hadn't though of it! It certainly makes sense... You'd think a 40 year old woman would be more open to have a baby than a teenager...
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
I think that a 40 year old should understand how her body works, and should KNOW that it's possible to fall pregnant without birth control.
xgreenfairyx xgreenfairyx 7 years
Lol, silly women. Your eggs might be a little rusty, but they're still in there, people.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I wonder if part of it has to do with the increased number of birth defects and genetic abnormalities that occur when women over 40 conceive. I doubt all of them are just using abortion as birth control.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Me too, Lyv. I would say, though (generalizing, of course), that a woman in her 40s is more prepared - emotionally, mentionally, financially - than a 15 year old to deal with a new baby.
Lyv Lyv 7 years
It shocks me that people rely on anything other than birth control as birth control.
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