50 per cent women prefer freedom over family

Women would rather spend time with partners and concentrate on their careers before having children.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: September 5, 2012 2:17 pm

Nearly half of young women delay starting a family since they do not want to give up their freedom or they haven’t met ‘Mr Right’,a new study has claimed.

More than 50 per cent of women thought they were not being able to have babies because they haven’t met ‘the one’,which was as bad as being ‘infertile’.

The study found that women would rather have more money,spend more time with their partners and concentrate on their careers before having children,the ‘Daily Mail’ reported.

The 2012 Modern Motherhood Report for Red magazine survey also found 22 per cent women had disagreed with their husbands or partners about when to have a baby.

A poll of 3,000 women aged 28 to 45 also showed that just over a third (36 per cent) were not yet sure if they ever wanted to start a family.

One in five even wome said they would consider trying to conceive without a husband or partner by using donor sperm.

A similar number had thought seriously about freezing their eggs so they could have children later on.

Crucially,54 per cent said that being ’emotionally infertile’ – not being able to have children because they didn’t have a partner – was as painful as being medically infertile.

“We have identified what we call emotional infertility,that is being childless not by choice,due to not having a partner or a partner not wanting to have children,” said Brigid Moss,health director at Red.

One in ten women who took part in the survey had In vitro fertilisation (IVF) and on average they paid just over 7,200 pounds for treatment.

Of those who had fertility treatment,77 per cent paid for it privately.

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