Sex education for teenagers should include fertility, says doctor

The Guardian is reporting calls from reproduction specialist Professor Geeta Nargund for secondary school pupils to be taught about conception, not just contraception…

“We have been very effective at teaching teenagers how not to get pregnant,” Prof Geeta Nargund says. “Now, we need to start teaching them about fertility as well, so they can get pregnant when they choose to…”

Her clinics are full of women who, for a variety of reasons, have left it too late to conceive naturally: couples who didn’t find each other in time, women on rollercoaster careers that don’t allow for babies, and single women who come with their mothers, each as desperate as the other for a child or grandchild.

What many of them share is a lack of awareness about the limitations of their own fertility. Nargund, who runs her own private practice, Create Fertility, as well as working at St George’s hospital in south London, has written to the newly reinstated education secretary, Nicky Morgan, calling on the government to address this in England’s secondary schools…

“What I’m asking for is the introduction of fertility education in curriculums in secondary schools so we can start addressing the other side of the coin, in terms of fertility awareness and preventing infertility.”

Some health campaigners are concerned that the introduction of fertility issues into secondary education could water down the message about avoiding teenage pregnancy, and lead to a reversal in trends…

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Is Professor Nargund making a valid point here that children need to be taught about conception issues so they have the knowledge when and if they do decide to have children of their own?

Are the fears that covering this might dilute the message about avoiding teenage pregnancy valid ones?

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  1. LaCatholicState

    Excellent. Women’s lack of knowledge about the workings of their own bodies and the remarkable potential inside them is nothing short of mindboggling.

    But it’s not for children….but for mid to late teens.

  2. kierstyanne

    SchoolsImprove recently had ivf. Didn’t realise how little I knew from conception to birth. I thought I was quite well read and educated.

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