Reproductive health: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Chapter 5: fertility and infertility

Herbert, Danielle L. & Lucke, Jayne C. (2009) Reproductive health: findings from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Chapter 5: fertility and infertility. The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.

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Abstract

Chapter 5: Fertility and infertility. p52-70.

This section describes patterns of fertility across Surveys 1 to 4 among the cohort of women who were born in 1973-1978. This section includes the examination of pregnancy outcomes including both live births and pregnancy losses (stillbirths, miscarriages, terminations and ectopic pregnancies). This section also examines the prevalence of self-reported problems with fertility and whether these women sought advice and/or treatment. As women age they are more likely to experience infertility and, with little other data available, the ALSWH provides an important opportunity to examine this problem and the related use of health services.

  1. Pregnancy losses are common. Half of the women who report a pregnancy outcome at Survey 4 have experienced a pregnancy loss.

  2. More than one third (39%) of women who have experienced a live birth by Survey 4 have also experienced a pregnancy loss.

  3. For every ten women aged 28-33 years in 2006: four women had not had been pregnant, five women had a live birth (with or without a recognised pregnancy loss), and one woman had a recognised pregnancy loss only.

  4. Among women who had tried to conceive or had been pregnant, one-in-six had experienced infertility. (i.e. tried unsuccessfully to get pregnant for 12 months or more)

  5. The most significant factors associated with having infertility, seeking advice and using treatment were: polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis and miscarriage.

  6. Of the women who reported infertility, two-thirds sought advice but only half used treatment.

  7. Most of the women who used fertility treatment had used low cost and non-invasive methods.

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ID Code: 56884
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Final report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing
Keywords: Fertility, Infertility, Assisted reproductive technologies
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Deposited On: 05 Feb 2013 23:55
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2013 15:29

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