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Association of infertility and wish to conceive with healthcare utilisation and lifestyle


Infertility, defined as the failure to achieve a clinical pregnancy after 12 months of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse, affects approximately one in six couples in Australia. There is emerging evidence about the role of diet and exercise in the management of infertility and pre-conceptional care. People intending to conceive may consult health professionals to support them with evidence-based lifestyle strategies to assist fertility. However, the patterns of healthcare utilisation in people with infertility or pregnancy intention are not well understood. Therefore, the aim of this study is to examine associations of pregnancy intention and infertility with lifestyle and healthcare utilisation.