New Maven Clinic Study Reveals Missing Pieces in Fertility Support During National Infertility Awareness Week

Study shows 4 in 5 suffer from fertility anxiety amid sea of ​​misinformation and a lack of reliable sources

NEW YORK , April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Maven Clinic, the world’s largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health, today released results of a study examining how women perceive their fertility and what influences their beliefs about their ability to conceive. The study — which measured the mood of 1,500 women ages 28 to 38 living in five major U.S. cities — sheds light on the factors that contribute to women’s emotional well-being when considering starting a family and what the health and benefits industries can do to better educate and empower patients on their journey to fertility and family building.

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The results come during National Infertility Awareness Week and as fertility benefits have become an increasingly important tool for employers to attract and retain talent. Corresponding Research conducted by Maven and Great Place to Work In 2021, 75% of companies ranked as the Best Places to Work for Parents are offering fertility support programs, and 1 in 3 of these companies plan to further expand fertility services this year.

Maven’s fertility and family building program supports female, male and non-binary patients in planning and building their families. While male and female factors contribute equally to infertility, this survey was designed to focus on women’s unique experiences and perceptions. Key findings from the study include:

  • At least 3 in 4 women believe more than three untruths about their fertility – ranging from perceptions of how long-term use of contraceptives affects fertility to the need for regular fertility testing beyond a certain age.

  • At least 4 in 5 women experience some level of anxiety when thinking about their ability to conceive; more than a quarter are extremely or very anxious.

  • More than 3 in 4 women surveyed have experienced an increase in their anxiety about their ability to conceive in recent years.

  • Age is a source of anxiety for most women, with at least 59% citing it as one of the most important factors. The women surveyed begin to think about their fertility between the ages of 19 and 21.

  • Almost 1 in 3 women say social media, advertising and news are the most influential factors in their attitudes towards fertility. Other influential sources listed were gynecologists and girlfriends.

“From a young age, women are told the clock is ticking and made to feel vulnerable because they can have children,” she said Kate Ryder, Founder and CEO of Maven Clinic. “This culture of reproductive anxiety is deeply ingrained in our society and requires a new approach to reproductive health care based on compassion, empathy and facts.”

“These data underscore the harm women are experiencing from pervasive and often misleading information about their fertility,” said Dr. Neel Shah, Maven Clinic’s Chief Medical Officer. “We all have a role to play, but those who provide fertility solutions have the ultimate responsibility. People deserve trusted sources of information and corroborative, science-based support that doesn’t inspire fear or incur unnecessary expense.”

Employers often play a key role in ensuring their employees have the support they need to build their families. Maven works with employers to help them design and manage the best fertility benefits for their employees, providing fertility education, adoption and surrogacy programs, and financial assistance and reimbursement Maven wallet, Maven’s easy-to-use expense management tool. Families have access to Maven’s award-winning digital platform, which connects members with on-demand providers including fertility awareness educators, mental health consultants and reproductive endocrinologists, as well as personalized treatment pathways to help each individual achieve their family-building goals.

About the Maven Clinic
Maven is the largest virtual clinic for women’s and family health, providing continuous, holistic care for fertility, pregnancy and parenthood. Leading employers and health plans trust Maven’s award-winning digital programs to reduce costs and achieve better health outcomes for parents and children. Founded in 2014 by the CEO Kate Ryder, Maven was recognized by Fast Company as the #1 Most Innovative Healthcare Company and has empowered more than 10 million women and families to date. Maven has more than raised 200 million dollars in funding from leading investors including Sequoia, Oak HC/FT, Dragoneer Investment Group and Lux ​​Capital. To learn more about how Maven is reimagining life’s most critical moment in healthcare, visit us at www.mavenclinic.com

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