OneNews 23 October 2014
University students in New Zealand don’t realise how much fertility declines in women as they age and over-estimate the success of fertility treatments such as IVF, a new study shows.
The study by University of Auckland fifth-year medical student Nathanael Lucas questioned 683 University of Auckland students about their knowledge and expectations around fertility.
The questions were based on an Israeli study in 2011 that looked at ‘the fertility myth’ and Israeli students’ knowledge about age-related fertility decline and late pregnancies.
Although New Zealand students correctly identified that fertility declines with age, they over-estimated the rates of pregnancy for both spontaneous and IVF pregnancies.
The study also showed that while students were aware of some of the fertility treatments available, they over-estimated their effectiveness.
University students are the most likely group to postpone parenthood, yet several international studies have shown that they over-estimate their fertility.