Poor fertility knowledge: 4 of 5 women don’t know when they’re fertile

Many women in New Zealand actively monitor ovulation, but their fertility knowledge is still poor — particularly their ability to correctly identify their fertile window.

That’s the conclusion of a study published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology by a group of researchers from Otago University.

Ovulation monitoring is common, but fertility knowledge is poor

The study confirmed the researchers’ assumption that ovulation monitoring is common. Almost a third (31.4%) of the 1034 study participants had monitored their ovulation at some point in their lives.

However, the large majority of the women — including those who had actively monitored their ovulation — still failed to correctly identify their fertile window (the few days during the menstrual cycle when conception is possible).

Those who had monitored ovulation did a little better on average. Nevertheless, only 18% of the women in this group correctly identified the fertile window, compared to 13% of those who had never tracked ovulation.

The researchers concluded that the poor level of fertility knowledge needs to be addressed:

“… many women, including those who had monitored their ovulation, had poor fertility knowledge and failed to identify the fertile window. Poor fertility knowledge needs to be addressed, especially among women intending to conceive.”

How to correctly identify your fertile window

Whether you live in New Zealand or not, how confident are you in your own fertility knowledge? Are you able to correctly identify your fertile window, pinpoint your ovulation day, and time intercourse in order to give yourself the best possible chances of getting pregnant?

If you think a little refresher might be useful, here are some suggestions for further reading: