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Asian women ignorant, fatalistic, about fertility: Survey

Published on Sep 5, 2012 5:22 PM
 
Posed photo of a pregnant woman. Women in Asia are largely ignorant about fertility problems and tend to blame their failure to conceive on "God's will" and bad luck, a survey has found. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

HONG KONG - Women in Asia are largely ignorant about fertility problems and tend to blame their failure to conceive on "God's will" and bad luck, a survey has found.

The survey, which covered 1,000 women in 10 countries who had been trying to conceive for at least six months, found that 62 per cent of them did not suspect they may have a fertility problem.

They were even less likely to point the finger at their husbands, with 80 per cent of them not suspecting that their partners may have a problem with fertility.

Infertility is defined by the World Health Organisation as the inability to conceive after a year of regular, unprotected sex. But only 43 per cent of the women surveyed knew that.

 
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