It’s called ‘social infertility’ and it’s affecting a huge number of women in their 30s and 40s in the UK.1 in 5 women in the UK born in the 1960s has turned 45 without having had a child – some by choice but many by circumstance, this is double what it was a generation ago.You’ve even tried some of the stuff you thought you’d never do.Now, astonishingly people are suggesting you ‘do it on your own’ as if it were an ambitious DIY project that you just need to pluck up the nerve for.
Only for this week if that’s all you can manage, but preferably never again.
Although not having a partner features in many of the stories of those of us born in the 1960s (like myself), it doesn’t compare to the frequency with which those born in the 1970s seem to be experiencing it.
The UK Office for National Statistics has a fairly blunt recording tool – live births by the last day of a woman’s 45th year – so it won’t be for another decade that we’ll have the full data.
The week even ends with the annual hopefest that is The Fertility Show at London’s Olympia, an entire exhibition hall filled with stands from fertility clinics and associated industries looking to ‘educate’ (sell to) potential new ‘parents’ (customers).
But what I bet we hear about during the week will be about the many women suffering in silence with a type of infertility so shameful they can hardly bear to talk about it.