A recent study from Auckland University reveals that most students are over-estimating their fertility in later life. This news coupled with the fact that they are the group most likely to postpone parenthood is cause for concern.
NZ students thought that a woman aged 46 had a 50% chance of falling pregnant naturally, when studies show the reality is 0 – 5%.
They also overrated IVF success rates.
Study author Nathanael Lucas said “University students have the challenge of balancing a career with starting a family, and as a result, planned pregnancies are often delayed until later in life.”
“It is imperative that that these students, and the general public, are educated about an ageing woman’s fertility.”