Read below to learn more about how the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on weddings may have impact fertility and family planning timelines.
Some people opt to have children on a timeline that is not dictated by marriage. Others choose to delay having children until after their wedding for personal, cultural, or religious reasons.
One of the numerous impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic is that many couples had to postpone their weddings—some for a year or longer. For those who choose to wait to have children until after their wedding, this also meant delaying or pushing back their timeline for starting a family.
With couples facing longer engagements, some people may choose to forego their previous plans and timelines and go in a new direction. The idea of a “pre-event” pregnancy becomes a possibility.
Some may choose to have children before getting married because of fertility concerns associated with age. Some people fear that postponing having children an extra year or so will impact their ability to conceive.
Knowledge is power, and the more information one understands about their fertility, the more options they may have. One way for people to learn more about their fertility is to speak with a medical professional or reproductive endocrinologist or undergo fertility testing.
Whether you choose to delay pregnancy or not due to weddings being postponed, having a conversation around family planning and fertility with your partner and your healthcare provider is important as it can help you better plan for the future.