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dc.contributor.authorOakley, L.
dc.contributor.authorDoyle, P.
dc.contributor.authorMaconochie, N.
dc.identifier.citationOakley , L , Doyle , P & Maconochie , N 2008 , ' Lifetime prevalence of infertility and infertility treatment in the UK: results from a population-based survey of reproduction ' , Human Reproduction , vol. 23 , no. 2 , pp. 447-450 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 350150
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: bee43f91-64dc-482c-8771-413ac45c0721
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000252544300031
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 40349103557
dc.descriptionOriginal article can be found at: Copyright European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology [Full text of this article is not available in the UHRA]
dc.description.abstractBACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of infertility and the use of infertility treatment among women aged 40-55 years. METHODS: Population-based postal questionnaire survey of UK women. Over 60 000 women randomly sampled from the 2001 electoral roll were sent a questionnaire, and those aged 55 years and under who had ever been pregnant or tried to achieve a pregnancy (n = 6584) were asked to provide a reproductive history. RESULTS: Overall, 2.4% of women aged 40-55 years had unresolved infertility with no pregnancies, and a further 1.9% had been pregnant but not achieved a live birth. The prevalence of unresolved fertility did not differ among birth cohorts. Sixteen percent of women reported ever consulting a doctor because of infertility and 8% reported receiving treatment to conceive. Across the whole sample, 4.2% of women reported that they had achieved at least one pregnancy as a result of treatment. Compared with earlier birth cohorts, women born later were more likely to report consultations (18% versus 13%) and treatment (9% versus 6%) for infertility, and pregnancies as a result of infertility treatment (6.7% versus 2.7%). Among those who reported medical consultations, women born more recently first consulted at a later age compared with those born earlier. CONCLUSIONS: Although both the number of women seeking medical care for infertility and the proportion reporting pregnancies as a result of infertility treatment has increased, there is no evidence to support an overall increase in unresolved infertility over the past 15 years. The vast majority of women aged 40-55 who reported difficulties conceiving did have a child, or children, at some point in their lives.en
dc.relation.ispartofHuman Reproduction
dc.subjectunresolved infertility
dc.subjectinfertility treatment
dc.titleLifetime prevalence of infertility and infertility treatment in the UK: results from a population-based survey of reproductionen
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Adult Nursing and Primary Care
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
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