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Kiwis 'failing to track fertility timing'

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/03/2017

Teaching women about monitoring ovulation when they're trying to get pregnant may help infertility issues without clinical intervention, Otago University researchers say.

They say monitoring is common among New Zealand women, but their knowledge is poor, particularly in identifying the fertile window.

The researchers asked 1034 women aged 25-50 and living in southern New Zealand to fill in a fertility questionnaire.

The results, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, showed that a third of the participants had monitored ovulation at some point.

But the women's ability to identify the fertile window was a low 13-to-18 per cent.

The researchers found that many women (43 per cent) falsely believed the window began on the day of ovulation.

Sourcing information from family, friends, the internet and books might also have played a role.

The study showed that most of those who had monitored their ovulation did so because they were trying to get pregnant.

However, the researchers said poor fertility knowledge could reduce the likelihood of conception and this needed to be addressed.

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