Nearly a fifth of British women aged 35 to 44 have had problems conceiving, a study has revealed.
Researchers found 17.7 per cent of women in that age group had been unable to conceive despite trying for at least a year, compared to 12.5 per cent of women of all ages.
Those who settled down later in life, who had university degrees and who had higher-level jobs, were also more likely to report problems conceiving.
Infertility – defined as not conceiving after trying for a year or more – affects one in eight women and one in ten men, the survey of more than 15,000 British people found.
But nearly half of those affected have not sought help, possibly because of embarrassment, refusal or inability to accept there is a problem, fear of being labelled infertile or concerns about the cost of treatment, researchers said.
Infertility – defined as not conceiving after trying for a…