Where Does the New York Times Find These Women?

Jessica Grose

If you search for the term "in vitro fertilization" on the New York Times‘ website, you will find that there are 2,280 results in the past 12 months. I mention this because of the utterly baffling Times styles section article about women who look young externally, and so are shocked to discover that it’s difficult to get pregnant without medical intervention in your late 30s and 40s. Sample quote, from a 45-year-old woman: "Everyone in my life told me how young I looked for my age … I assumed it was the same on the inside as it was on the outside." According to this article, seeing celebrity moms like Salma Hayek getting pregnant in their 40s makes civilian ladies think it should be easy for them, too. When I.V.F. has six times as many search results as there are days in the year, and the average age of an I.V.F. recepient at a typical clinic is 36, it’s truly remarkable that women who ostensibly took high-school-level biology do not know that your fertility declines as you age, no matter how much yoga you do.

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