The Choices and Challenges of Childbearing

The Choices and Challenges of Childbearing - Chapter 11...

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Data Digest In a national study of first-year college students, 76% said that having children is an “essential” or “very important” objective in their lives. The number of births in the US decreased from 4.2 million in 1990 to 4.1 million in 2004. The number of adoptions of foreign-born children increased from 7.093 in 1990 to nearly 28,000 in 2005. About 14% of women have babies they don’t want, up from 9% in 1995. The number of childless women ages 40-44 has almost doubled – from 10% in 1976 to 19% in 2004.
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When Conception Fails Sterility: the absolute inability to reproduce Infertility: inability to conceive a baby after trying for a period of at least one year Reasons Idiopathic infertility Failure to ovulate Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Chlamydia Endometriosis
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Male Infertility Low sperm count injury to the testicles or scrotum, infections such as mumps in adulthood, testicular varicose veins that impede sperm development undescended testes endocrine disorders, and excessive consumption of alcohol, marijuana, narcotic drugs or even narcotic medications
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Reactions to Infertililty 2 cultural norms predominate
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