Over the coming weeks Ronan will chat with Feena Glynn on the topic of fertility in association with Vhi Healthcare. Ronan and Feena will be joined in studio on Wednesdays during November by Dr. Eithne Lowe, a Fertility Expert at the Galway Fertility Clinic. Ronan and Feena will put our listeners questions to Dr. Lowe.
If you would like to have a question answered, or to make a comment on this sensitive and personal subject please send Ronan and Feena an email, in the strictest confidence, to [email protected]
Tune in each Wednesday at 2.30pm and let’s talk about Fertility.
How much do Galway people know about fertility? New survey shows we’ve lots to learn
When it comes to starting, or growing a family – many think it will happen easily and naturally – when in fact, 1 in 6 couples will experience problems with fertility. They will need some kind of support to conceive. In many cases, education around fertility can help enormously, but a new survey carried out in Galway by Vhi Healthcare and Galway Fertility Clinic has found that we have a lot to learn.
The survey also highlighted some common misconceptions among Galway people in the area of fertility with six in ten believing that a healthy woman aged 25 would have a 55% chance of conceiving each month, when in fact, only 8% correctly identified the chances of conceiving at just 16%. Although, over half the sample identified the best days of conceiving as days 12-14 of a woman’s menstrual cycle.
When it comes to issues around fertility, respondents were more likely to think that women (30%) would be affected rather than men (4%), when, in actuality issues are equally likely to present in men and women. While over a fifth of Galway people incorrectly think that a man’s fertility never declines. Interestingly, women (27.1%) were more likely to think this than men (10.3%).
The research found that over half (55.8%) of people would ideally like to have children in their early 30s, which is in line with the current average age of first time mothers in Ireland
Almost two thirds of those surveyed felt there is a stigma attached to the topic of fertility in Ireland – with women feeling this more strongly than men. A lack of open discussion about fertility issues (62.8%) and privacy (65.4%) were identified as the key reasons for this feeling of stigma, with those surveyed ranking fertility issues as less spoken about than sexually transmitted infections, abortion, mental health issues, unemployment and substance abuse.
In a bid to help tackle this stigma, and help the 1 in 6 couples who may be in need of fertility support, the Ronan Lardner Show is teaming up with Vhi Healthcare to get Galway talking about fertility. Tune in each Wednesday to the Vhi Let’s Talk About Fertility segment where they’ll be discussing everything from the facts around fertility to getting expert advice on seeking help or supporting loved ones from Dr Eithne Lowe from Galway Fertility Clinic.
You can also listen online to the Vhi Let’s Talk About Fertility podcast.
Vhi is now leading the way with a range of benefits to support people at every step of their fertility journey. These benefits are now available to Vhi customers at the Galway Fertility Clinic. You can find out more at vhi.ie/fertility
This week Feena Glynn was out and about speaking to the people of Galway about fertility.