Delay fertility therapy at younger age

In a sample of 7300 participants in the Australian Longitudinal Study of Women’s Health, researchers assessed fertility from 2006 to 2009 in women aged from late 20s to no older than 36 years.

Infertility – failure to conceive within 12 months – was self-reported by 18.6% of the women, according to the study presented at the 14th World Congress on Human ­Reproduction in Melbourne.

Among those not turning to hormone therapy or IVF, close to half (43.8%) still managed to fall pregnant during the three-year window, the researchers found.

“Many women aged up to 36 years with a history of infertility… can achieve spontaneous conception and live birth without using fertility treatment,” the researchers said, noting the women were “sub-fertile rather than infertile”.

“For GPs the message would be to have a good clinical knowledge of how to identify those who are clearly infertile from