The demographics of women seeking to conceive has changed, with many women now seeking pregnancy when older. This can lead to disappointment, with the sentiment “I wish I had known more about fertility”. This study sought to assess US women basic understanding of fertility.
On behalf of SPD, Ipsos Suisse SA interviewed a representative sample of 1,000 US women aged from 20 to 45 years old who are able to have children (with quotas set upon age and region). Interviews were conducted online (computer assisted web interview) via online Panel.
When asked “what would you say is the most accurate description, for you personally, of a menstrual cycle?”, only 14% selected the right answer from the five options presented, with 16% selecting “the days on which there is bleeding”. Only 20% knew there were fertile 3-6 days during a menstrual cycle, with 25% thinking pregnancy was possible following intercourse on any day of the cycle; for the 20-24 age group 38% thought pregnancy possible on any day. Only 27% of women could correctly state when the fertile days were in a cycle.
This survey found a basic gap in fertility knowledge for many US women. Especially worrying was the proportion of these women who believed that pregnancy was possible following intercourse on any day of the cycle, as this could hinder conception chances.