Beyonce's pregnancy gives 'false reassurance' to other women
Last week, Beyonce shut down the internet by announcing she's pregnant with twins. And expectedly, social media completely lost it.
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The 35-year-old pop princess will soon be joining the likes of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Geena Davis, Julia Roberts and Jennifer Lopez, all of whom had twins later in life.
Julia had her twins at 37, while JLo gave birth to her twins when she was 38. Mariah and Celine were both 42. Geena was 48-years-old when she had her twins.
But doctors are warning of the impact Beyonce's pregnancy, and the journey of these other stars, may have on other women. Dr. Ifrana Koita, the director of the organization IVF Matters suggests these high profile family planning reports may be harmful to the general public. With Beyonce's story in mind, some women may choose to prolong motherhood until it's too late.
"Celebrities conceiving at the top end of their reproductive age may offer false reassurance," Dr. Koita said to the Daily Mail.
After delaying motherhood, IVF may be their only resource. Many families do not realize they are unable to afford the pricey treatment, which can cost upwards of $12,000-$15,000.
"Women who are 35 or younger have double the chance of having a baby through IVF compared to women who are 38 to 40-years-old," said the Daily Mail. After the age of 35, the likelihood of a woman getting pregnant declines.
"A woman's age is the biggest predictor of a successful outcome whether one conceives spontaneous or following fertility treatment," said Dr. Koita.
"Ovarian aging is irreversible! However, if you are not ready to have children get your egg reserves assessed and consider freezing your eggs, " she suggests.