According to a recent study, career choices can have a significant impact on fertility. A large scale survey of students was conducted by the researches at Taylor & Francis for the study.
The result shows that having children before a significant decline in fertility was equally important to male and female students while they also expect to achieve other life goals before becoming parents.
In an anonymous online questionnaire, researchers found that 38% of men and 45% of women correctly identified 35-39 years as the age at which female fertility declines and only 18.3% of men and 16.9% of women correctly identified 45-49 years as the age when male fertility declines.
Less than 10 % of the students did not want children.
Three conditions were rated as the most important conditions prior to having children. They include, being in a stable relationship, a responsibility sharing partner and a feeling of maturity.
Women rated completing their studies and advancing in their profession as ‘very important’ than men.
The study appeared in the Journal of Human Fertility.
The study also revealed the difficulties many young people, especially educated women, face in balancing the aspirations of study, career growth and other personal goals and meantime achieving parenthood at most fertile age.