Malaysians, other Asians lack knowledge about fertility

A RECENT study of 1,000 women in 10 Asian countries, including Malaysia, has revealed critical knowledge gaps about fertility, the key causes of infertility and fertility treatment options.

Called Starting Families Asia, the study is commissioned by Merck Serono, in collaboration with the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the National University Hospital (NUH) Women's Centre in Singapore.

The study revealed that less than half of the women surveyed understood that a couple is classified as infertile if they fail to conceive after one year of trying (43%), that a woman in her 40s has a lower chance of falling pregnant than a woman in her 30s (36%) and that a healthy lifestyle does not necessarily guarantee fertility (32%).

This can mean that many women are not seeking the help or treatment that will improve their chances of conceiving - particularly for women above 35.

While general awareness about fertility treatment options is relatively high, around 30% of women surveyed are still not likely to proactively seek professional help, even if they suspect they have a fertility problem.

Source: New Straits Times

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