It’s never too early to start thinking about your fertility. Whether you 100 percent want kids or think of children as a “someday . . . maybe . . . ” option, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your reproductive health from a young age. Fortunately, there are ways to know before you’re 25 whether you will have fertility problems. Because in this case, you can never have too much knowledge.
In your late teens and early 20s, chances are there isn’t anyone hyperventilating about your “biological clock” yet. (And if that is the case, I’m sorry. That sucks.) But it’s still smart to look at your own health stats, as well as your family history, in order to get a sense of your future odds of conception. When you’re still constructing the building blocks of adult life, and thinking about everything from grad school options to alternate career choices, keeping the idea of kids in the back of your mind is smart. For some women it could be another option that may present itself one day, but for others, having a family is the ultimate goal. Keeping these things in mind may make your decision easier in the long run when the choice to have kids is more immediate. It’s a smart way to make good health choices for whatever future you pursue.