Almost half of Australian women trying to conceive are experiencing difficulty, according to a new study.
A survey conducted by ovulation and pregnancy test company Clearblue revealed that while more than half of women in the country wanted children at some point, 70 per cent of respondents stated that they knew of at least one person in their social circle who has had problems conceiving.
Some private health insurance policies offer access to in-hospital assisted reproductive services such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) particularly for multiple cycles – however waiting periods usually apply.
The survey results also found that the pressure of trying to fall pregnant was being trumped by other priorities in life, such as friends, relationships and overall health.
According to obstetrics and gynaecology professor at the University of NSW William Ledger, women in the 18-44 age group should be aware of the impact of delaying starting a family.
"Not only can waiting to have a baby beyond their early 30s lead to difficulty in conceiving for many women, the … survey also shows the possible effects of waiting on relationship issues such as stress (78 per cent) and sex being seen as a chore (53 per cent)," he said on April 22.