There have been some interesting new findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that says that the average age of U.S. women having their first child is at a record high of 26.3 years old. That may not seem that high to us millennial ladies, but it’s actually a nearly 5 percent increase in the past 15 years. So what’s the deal? Well, apparently, more young women are looking to advance their education and careers, and are feeling empowered to make important personal choices including when it comes to family planning options. Girl power!
Practicing OB/GYN and author Dr. Alyssa Dweck sat down with Quirky Daily to talk about important topics on women’s minds as they consider family planning, including when and if they plan to have children, contraception myths and facts, and the growing use of long-acting forms of birth control. Dr. Dweck is the co-author of V is for Vagina Your A-Z Guide to Periods, Piercings, Pleasures and So Much More, a guide aimed to remove some of the mystery and taboo surrounding many gynecologic issues in a humorous and chatty, but medically sound and up to date manner. Dr. Dweck is an expert in the field of female sexual health, and she had a lot to say when it came to the right path for every woman.
We all have our own paths to take, and she discussed some of those amazing paths and options, along with how to go about breaching the conversation with your doctor. Sometimes the most uncomfortable part can just be finding a way to start the conversation, and making it a priority. Even if you have to reframe your thoughts around the matter, it is always good to know as a woman that you have the right to choose, and tons of different options to choose from. So keep reading to find out exactly what you need to do to take the reigns of your own reproductive health. The choice is yours, so choose wisely.
“The average age now is 26 for US women to have their first child. I think this really speaks to the fact that there are more options available for contraception, so women can plan childbearing on their own terms.”
“I think the biggest change I’ve seen is in the long acting reversible contraceptives, and the IUD’s inparticular. There is one IUD called Skyla, which is a three year hormone secreting IUD, which is effective, safe, and reversible. I have seen it become very popular among women delaying child bearing for their careers. These are very popular among women who have not had children yet.”
“I think women should reassess their options all the time. In fact, I like to use the yearly Well Woman Preventative exam as a perfect opportunity to revisit contraceptive options yearly. This way we can reassess medical issues, family medical history, partner status, and needs going forward.”
“Many women bring this up now, which is a good welcome change. Most gynecologists within the field will bring this up with their patients as well, so it’s an easy dialogue going forward. We take every individual circumstance separately… there are lots of options out there.”
Foremost, I would definitely get info from your own doctor, because it’s more individualized. For the Skyla IUD I mentioned, you can visit Skyla-us.com.
There are so many options out there for women, and no matter where you are in your decision, it’s always good to stay one step ahead. It’s great that we are living in a generation where women are able to make such large decisions on their own behalf, and that means we definitely shouldn’t take that for granted. So do your best to stay ahead of the trends and to learn what is the best option for your body. It’s never too late to start taking control. Women have the power to decide, and that is something worth taking seriously.
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