We all know the sterotype of the footloose macho man who is more interested in a night out with the boys than settling down with a partner. However contrary to popular belief, it seems not all Aussie men are running screaming from parenthood.
New research has detected the rise of the ‘broody bloke’, with just as many men aged 25-44 admitting they feel the need to have a baby compared to women of the same age.
The national study of over 1,000 men and women, conducted by leading brand on pregnancy and fertility test kits, Clearblue, found that while 67% of women have longings for motherhood, just as many men (66%) admitted to ‘manternal’ instincts.
Instead of thinking about how their social life would be ruined, or how they would lose their independence, almost half of the men surveyed admitted the main reason they don’t have children yet is because they have not found the right partner (41%) or they are worried about the cost of having a baby (36%).
One in four men (27%) say that seeing mums with babies makes them want their own and over a quarter of men asked (27%) say that seeing a mum with her baby makes them think about how happy and fulfilled they look. Only 10% of men don’t notice mums with babies.
Also according to the study, it appears that the average ‘broody bloke’ may not be putting the mechanics of conception at the top of his agenda when it comes to starting his man nesting.
Only 3% of men rate understanding their partner’s ovulation cycle as the most important consideration when looking to start a family. Alarmingly, 79% do not understand how long it takes the average woman to fall pregnant.
According to Head and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at UNSW and Clearblue Advisor, Professor Professor Ledger, the average length of time it takes to conceive is six to nine months.
“If starting a family is high on the priority list for men, the enthusiasm of the ‘broody bloke’ could be hampered by a low awareness of the facts concerning fertility and conception,” he says. “Amongst men and women, there is uncertainty about the time it takes the average woman to fall pregnant. Many (28%) believe that it takes three to nine months on average, but 26% would not expect it to take so long and 32% have no idea.”
“Men are more likely than women to believe that the average time to fall pregnant is three months or less. There is a need for more education for the dad-to-be on the details of conception, especially as mums-to-be become older, to help manage expectations of how long the process takes.”
‘Broody blokes’ need to know more about their partner’s fertility cycle to increase their chance of success when planning to conceive. Clearblue ovulation tests help on the journey towards conception by maximising your chances of falling pregnant easily and naturally.
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