Holy Hormones Journal: My biggest jitter is that the drop in fertility in the U.S. is being blamed on the “Great Recession” of 2008. I think that is whitewashing the real issue for the rise in infertility rates. Let’s face it – drop in birth rates and rise in infertility rates are two side of the same coin.
I believe the increase in infertility is due to the introduction of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, a known endocrine disruptor in the same year. Young women are reporting ovarian atrophy/failure, premature menopause, cervical dysplasia and cervical cancer at alarming rates. All of these conditions have a historically low incident rate in this age group. But now there is cause for concern.
I also think the rise in infertility is due to earlier use of synthetic contraceptives in a age group of girls (as young as 11) who have not been tested for use. How could this not affect their fertility since it is being suppressed before the endocrine system even matures.
I also think the rise in infertility is due to exposure to glyphosate in Monsanto’s Roundup and exposure to BPA in plastics. Both are known endocrine disruptors.
So to blame the baby bust to an economic drop that happened 8 years ago… so does even cut it. Not by a long shot. Someone needs to get their head out of the hole. We are in trouble.
The same as Singapore – who also blamed the lack of birth rates to the economy but then turned around and took Gardasil off the vaccine schedule. Other countries are also faced with a rise in early menopause – all after 2008.
Even the New York Times posted an article about the increase in PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) on the rise since 2008 –
Sometimes medical syndromes are named long before they are fully understood.
Take polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, which affects as many as 10 percent of women of childbearing age, often impairing their fertility.
Just had another thought – perhaps the drop in fertility does have to do with choice as parent’s fear of bearing a child on the autism spectrum (1 in 46) or raising a child with a chronic illness(54%).
Let’s call a spade a spade.
Baby Bust: 2015 had lowest U.S. fertility rate ever, down 600,000 births
June 10, 2016
A new study from the University of New Hampshire put the gap at 3.4 million births since 2008.
And 2015 witnessed the lowest fertility rate on record and a gap of 600,000 births.
“The Great Recession sent an economic shock through American society that reached far beyond the stock and housing markets. More than five years after economists announced the end of the recession, fertility levels have still not recovered. As a result, more than 3.4 million fewer babies were born in the United States between 2008 and 2015 than would have been expected if prerecession fertility rates had been sustained. In each of the last five years, this birth deficit has resulted in roughly 500,000 fewer births, said the study.”
The drop in births clashed with a new reality: there were more women of childbearing age during the period.
What’s more, said the study from the UNH’s Carsey School of Public Policy, there is no evidence that births will be on the rise soon, despite some reports that the economy is improving.