Age First Considered It survey

As expected, most women who choose to become single mothers do so at around the time their body-clock is telling them it’s time (between the ages of 35 and 39).

However, I was surprised that there were women who first considered it before they were 21. I am guessing that there were specific reasons. Two women told me their experience of early abuse led them to this choice before they had considered any other option.

I was equally surprised to find that fifteen women did not consider this option until they reached 40. This suggests a poor understanding of the decline of fertility, of which many women said they wish they had been better warned.