A recent study amongst 15,000 men and women in Britian has revealed new insights into the prevalence of infertility. The study was carried on participants aged between 16 and 74 years of age. The authors found that the prevalence of infertility peaked among women aged 35-44 years while the age range for men was wider with the experience of infertility extending from 35 to 54 years. Experience of infertility was defined by the authors as unsuccessfully attempting pregnancy for one year or more.
Surprisingly, almost half of those experiencing infertility admitted that they had never sought medical or professional help. Seeking help was significantly associated with socio-economic position. Men and women with lower levels of education and lower occupational classifications were less likely to seek help. This inequality is quite concerning but it is in line with previous studies carried out in Europe, North America and Australia.
So why are people not seeking help for infertility? Is it that they do not understand that a problem exists? Is it a fear of being labelled infertile? Is it fear of the costs involved in fertility treatment?
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Read the full article here: http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2016/06/20/humrep.dew123