Largest survey to find out what people know about reproduction


The largest survey of its kind is currently underway in Great Britain to find out what men and women know about age-related fertility decline and the impact it has on planning a family. The University of Southampton and the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton are looking for 2000 people to participate in the online study. From this survey, researchers hope to gain information on the attitudes of people towards egg freezing, family planning and what people know about ovarian health and development.

Number of IVF babies is increasing

The number of women using IVF to conceive is rising all over the world. In 2010, 45,264 women had IVF treatment in the UK compared to 36,861 in 2007. About 1.5% of babies born in Great Britain are the result of successful IVF and donor insemination.

Study hopes to answer the question of why people wait

“Until recently, most women wishing to conceive after the age of 37 either faced failure or opted for IVF, often without success. In recent years however, new technology has become available which may allow women to freeze their eggs, for use later in life. This offers women the possibility of waiting to have a family until they have found a partner with whom they wish to have children or until a suitable moment in their career. Many people know that age has a significant impact on a woman’s ability to have a baby. But we want to find out more about what people really understand about age-related fertility decline, the reasons why women, men and couples make the conscious decision to postpone having a family, and the options available to make that happen.”

Source: The University of Southampton, MedicalNewsToday


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