I recently got word from a contact at Fairhaven Health of a survey being done at Early Pregnancy Tests.com that was getting to the bottom of many questions regarding Trying to conceive. They called the survey a “Profile of a “typical” TTC woman”. Don’t you think that is a great topic? I found the results pretty interesting so I thought you would too. If you want to read more about the results you can do so HERE. Keep in mind this was a survey done of 660 people on Early Pregnancy Tests.com and may not by any means be a national average…
Early Pregnancy Tests.com: Profile of a “Typical” TTC woman
I was actually kind of shocked with the answers in the “how old are you?” section. I wasn’t surprised with the top… 47% being 25-30, but I was surprised that the 18-24 range was last with 11%. They say that your fertility drops significantly once you hit 25 and again at 30, so it is no wonder there are so many fertility issues these days now that women are waiting longer and longer to have children. It just makes sense.
The 2nd question of How Long have you been TTC made me feel a little better about my situation since 60% said 8 months or longer. Wow! How crazy is that? My doctor did tell me the average was 6 months, but maybe that number will be going up soon? Or since this was on a pregnancy test website…are the women who are frequenting the site the ones who are struggling to get pregnant?
The question of “do you have fertility issues” made me think. In reality, most people won’t know if they have any issues till at least a year of TTC because that is what is recommended by doctors, and it is also the time frame most insurance companies work with. The study here showed 40% did not know.
70% answered yes to the question of “Do you test for ovulation”. I am not surprised by that answer because timing is very important, but I think people rely on that too much. Going back I kind of wish I just followed my doctors advice and just “did it” 3-4 times a week till you get your period. I think if I followed that advice things would be a lot less stressful. But I didn’t listen..lol so I’m part of that 70%!
Question: “do you use an electronic fertility monitor?” The Answer was 87% NO…but I’d like to put in my plug for the clear blue easy fertility monitor. I REALLY think it’s worth the money. I wish I had bought it sooner, because I really believe that my timing has been off with the regular OPK’s. If you have a little extra cash I say go for it!
I sponsored a giveaway for Fertilaid Giveaway and really loved their Fertilaid as well as their Fertile CM, so I was shocked to see how many respondents haven’t given it a try. Maybe it’s the ordering online thing? That stops me sometimes….
Do you use Preseed or Pre? It’s amazing how many people don’t know that regular lubricant actually KILL sperm. Yup! You may be harming your chances right off the bat! This survey had 57% day they do not use. My question is are they using none at all, or just the wrong kind? Definitely something to think about! I’ve used both, so if you want to know my opinions feel free to contact me. (since I am sure most of my readers don’t need to know lol)
I didn’t comment about all of the questions so feel free to see all the results on the survey. But I did find the results interesting. I wonder if they would be similar with a larger sample of respondents? I have a feeling they would! What do you think? Do you find the results accurate? Would you have answered the same?
I didn’t know that regular lube kills sperm!
Yup! I don’t think a lot of people know that! I heard it way back so I was lucky!
Thank goodness for blogs like this. I never even heard of TTC until I started reading blogs that covered the topic. I tossed the BC pills a year before my wedding and started TTC’ing so I would know what is going on with my body. I am glad I did! I was able to walk into the OB/GYN’s office with more than a years worth of info vs starting from scratch. My husband and I knew we wanted kids shortly after marriage so I made sure I was armed with all the information I needed!
I did the same thing as you. I wanted as much info as possible for when the time came…and I’m glad I did. It’s definitely a harder process than some people think!
I had no idea that some kinds of lubrication can kill sperm! I’ll have to check mine and see. Not that we’re TTC YET, but it’s good to have the info for when we do.
I don’t think it says on the bottle. The only one that doesn’t is the Pre seed/Pre. So if you are using any its bad….definitely worth switching to PRE.
wow interesting stuff, thanks for sharing!
Very interesting, Jen! Thanks for sharing. I have a friend who is TTC and I am sure will find this information helpful.
Please do share it with your friend! All information is helpful:)
That’s very interesting information. We spent a very long time ttc our daughter, and I learned quickly from online forums about ovulation tests and preseed- we had wasted a good couple of months not realizing we needed to be careful what to use!
Our first caught us by surprise and our second took nearly 2 years. You just never know I guess! Also, I had always heard the average time to conceive is 12 months not six. Interesting!
It’s amazing how different each pregnancy is. With no rhyme or reason to it! I think maybe they should tell people the average is 12! lol it would make everyone feel better…I am actually starting to think the average is going up! I’m glad your story was a success in the end though:)
Found your site on the SITS roll call and glad I did! Interesting info, makes me feel that I am not alone in TTC. We conceived once and hoping for another miracle, it’s been over a year!
You certainly aren’t alone! If you check back on my posts under the TTC category you will see I have been trying 7 months for my first. It seems that its more common than we all think. There is alot of women going through it. The twitter TTC community is very good if you are interested:)