Study finds low rates of fertility awareness among women
WOMEN think they are knowledgeable about their own fertility but very few actually are, according to a Victorian study.
Presented at the APNA Roadmap for the Future conference, figures showed while 29% of women believed they were aware of the fertile time in their cycle, just 2% actually had good knowledge.
The study, carried out in three general practices in rural, outer and inner metropolitan Victoria, showed 38% said they had no knowledge and 48% poor knowledge of their fertile period.
Of the 328 participants, 10% were attempting conception and 5% using fertility awareness methods of contraception, either alone of with a condom.
Natural methods included the rhythm method, temperature method and mucus method.
A total of 28% of participants had actively sought to improve their fertility awareness from other services, such as the Internet, books, the GP and friends.
Study author Kerry Hampton, a PhD candidate at