According to a new British study, almost half percent of infertile people do not look for medical treatment in the United Kingdom. The findings of the survey were posted online on June 30th in the journal Human Reproduction.
The study also showed that almost 20 percent of women aged 35 to 44 in the U.K have tried to conceive for more than a year. In the 15,000 people survey, Datta and her team of researcher discovered that in the UK, 17.7 percent of women ages 35 to 44 had tried to get pregnant for at least one year.
The study says that 1 in 8 women have this infertility condition and one in 10 men have had problems with conceiving as well. Nonetheless, about 43 percent of infertile women and nearly 47 percent of men did not seek medical help to solve the problem.
Normally, people who have unsuccessfully tried to conceive for a year or more are might be diagnosed as infertile.
14.9 percent of men aged 35 to 44 and 14.5 percent of men aged 45 to 54 have had with infertility problems, considering the 10.1 percent of men of all ages.
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Women with professional degrees are more likely to look for medical help, says Datta
The study shows that the women who did want to seek medical help to treat infertility were more likely to be professionals, have better incomes and happen to be older than the other group that had refused to seek medical help.
“One of the important and concerning findings in our study is the difference in educational attainment and job status between people who sought help for infertility and those who did not,” said study leader Jessica Datta -a lecturer at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London.
Datta said in a journal press release that they were surprised by the findings which showed almost half of the people who had experienced infertility problem in U.K had not sought help.
Datta also said that the purpose of this study was to know how many people in Brittan do go to the doctor w medical help when they are presenting problems to conceive. She believes that the access to health care in not the same for everyone but this study reveals new insights related to infertility medical assistance.
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Datta believes that this study does not only pretend to show women the impact of delaying parenthood on fertility, as researchers, but they also support that social policy that helps people know to become parents and still manage the responsibilities at the workplace.
According to researchers, the U. K is not the only country in the world with this same issue. In the United States, 6 percent of married women have not been able to become mothers after trying for a year, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Source: DNA India