Survey results from Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore show that many women overestimated their fertility. By Dawn Chen
One of the greatest risk factors contributing to infertility is age. Photo: Katarzyna Zwolska / www.123rf.com
Even though Singapore had an SG50 baby boom last year, it seems that many women are still planning to delay pregnancy and hold off on having children. In a recent Virtus Fertility Centre survey of 1,009 women in Singapore aged 18 to 50, nearly half of respondents believed that a healthy couple in their mid-thirties had a 50 per cent chance of conceiving naturally in any given month. In reality, the likelihood of that happening is a mere 15 per cent chance.
Infertility affects up to one in six couples, and it’s not uncommon to know of someone who is struggling to conceive. One of the greatest risk factors of infertility is age. As we get older, we produce fewer healthy eggs each year, and the likelihood of conceiving naturally drops.
“Over 42 per cent of respondents correctly understand that fertility starts to rapidly decline between 36 and 40 years of age and are aware of the complications associated with later-in-life pregnancies such as an increased risk of miscarriage,” says Dr Roland Chieng, Medical Director at Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore. “The reality is that a woman’s age is the most important factor affecting her ability to conceive.”
Below are more key findings from the survey.
– 82 per cent of respondents believed having children before the age of 30 is medically ideal. The correct answer: by 25.
– 54 per cent of respondents believe having children by the age of 30 is socially ideal.
– 39 per cent of respondents plan to have children by the age of 35, followed by 37 per cent who plan to have children by the age of 30.
– 47 per cent of respondents feel their age is a very relevant factor when deciding to have a child.
– 59 per cent of respondents feel that earning a good income is a very relevant factor when deciding to have child.
– 30 per cent of respondents believe sperm can only survive 12 to 24 hours inside a woman’s body, while nearly 30 per cent admitted to not knowing. 26 per cent of respondents chose the correct answer: 2 to 3 days.
For more information on fertility and fertility treatments, visit Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore’s website.