Spanish female university graduates take the longest to have their first child

Last July, Munich hosted the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, ESHRE, which is one of the most outstanding scientific events for fertility professionals. As it does every year, Eugin Clinic attended the meeting with a delegation of six members, who presented the results of their research at the different forums and meetings.

During one of the main presentations at the congress, Dr. Rita Vassena, Eugin’s Scientific Director, explained that more and more women decide to have their first child at the age of 35, just at the time when their eggs begin to lose quality. “After the age of 35, the quality of a woman’s eggs starts to decline significantly,” she said, “while the rate of miscarriages increases.”

Unfortunately, this social trend can be seen in all developed countries, and in fact the strongest forecaster for predicting the age at which a woman has her first child in a country is the level of education of its women. In this regard, recent studies conducted at Eugin Clinic, analyse the phenomenon of fertility preservation for social reasons.

Some women choose to freeze their eggs to preserve their fertility until the day they decide to get pregnant. “Women who freeze their eggs today do it at the age of 38,” says Rita Vassena. “79% of these, however, claim they regret not having done it earlier, when their eggs had a higher quality.” According to data presented at ESHRE, 62% of women who froze their eggs waited until this age to do it because until then they had not been informed about this possibility. 55% of women who had their eggs frozen pointed out that they knew about this alternative mainly through internet, whereas 30% received a recommendation from a doctor.