Have your baby plans been affected by the recession? A poll of women aged 30 plus found that one in four have shelved baby plans due to the financial uncertainty of the credit crunch. Red magazine’s Fertility Report surveyed more than 2,500 readers aged 30-45.
Out of the 25% who said they had abandoned baby plans, 10% of respondents said that the recession had made them postpone trying for a baby, and 15% saying they’d decided not to try at all.
Women who need help to conceive are also finding it tough to find the funds in the current climate. Due to lack of IVF available on the NHS, 61% have paid for IVF privately, with only one in five getting all their treatment for free. And the amount of women who would be prepared to spend £50,000 to guarantee them a baby has dropped even more dramatically from 10% to 6%
Brigid Moss, Red magazine Health Director said: “Fertility treatment can be expensive, and this report shows that fewer people have been able to afford it, while the NHS provision for fertility treatment remains a postcode lottery.
"The report shows that having problems trying to conceive and treatment is also stressful, too. Both of these factors only add to the stress of someone who’s having problems trying to conceive”.