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Childless women's knowledge of fertility and assisted human reproduction: identifying the gaps.
Fertil Steril. 2012 Feb; 97(2):420-6.FS

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine the knowledge about fertility and assisted human reproduction (AHR) treatments of a large sample of childless women.

DESIGN

Self-report questionnaire comprising two self-ratings of current fertility and AHR knowledge, and 16 knowledge questions related to fertility and AHR.

SETTING

Online.

PATIENT(S)

A total of 3,345 childless women between the ages of 20 and 50.

INTERVENTION(S)

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S)

Knowledge of fertility and AHR.

RESULT(S)

The majority of participants rated themselves as having some knowledge or being fairly knowledgeable about fertility and AHR. However, on the 16 knowledge questions, overall knowledge was low, with 50% or more of the sample answering only 6 of 16 questions correctly.

CONCLUSION(S)

The data suggest that the women in the study have no coherent body of knowledge regarding age-related fertility and AHR treatment options. With an increasing number of women electing to delay childbearing, there is a critical need for public education regarding age-related fertility declines and the availability, costs, and limitations of AHR. This study offers important mental health contributions to infertility prevention and public health education efforts.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. judith.daniluk@ubc.caNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22192349

Citation

Daniluk, Judith C., et al. "Childless Women's Knowledge of Fertility and Assisted Human Reproduction: Identifying the Gaps." Fertility and Sterility, vol. 97, no. 2, 2012, pp. 420-6.
Daniluk JC, Koert E, Cheung A. Childless women's knowledge of fertility and assisted human reproduction: identifying the gaps. Fertil Steril. 2012;97(2):420-6.
Daniluk, J. C., Koert, E., & Cheung, A. (2012). Childless women's knowledge of fertility and assisted human reproduction: identifying the gaps. Fertility and Sterility, 97(2), 420-6. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2011.11.046
Daniluk JC, Koert E, Cheung A. Childless Women's Knowledge of Fertility and Assisted Human Reproduction: Identifying the Gaps. Fertil Steril. 2012;97(2):420-6. PubMed PMID: 22192349.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Childless women's knowledge of fertility and assisted human reproduction: identifying the gaps. AU - Daniluk,Judith C, AU - Koert,Emily, AU - Cheung,Anthony, Y1 - 2011/12/21/ PY - 2011/10/19/received PY - 2011/11/27/revised PY - 2011/11/30/accepted PY - 2011/12/24/entrez PY - 2011/12/24/pubmed PY - 2012/3/14/medline SP - 420 EP - 6 JF - Fertility and sterility JO - Fertil Steril VL - 97 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine the knowledge about fertility and assisted human reproduction (AHR) treatments of a large sample of childless women. DESIGN: Self-report questionnaire comprising two self-ratings of current fertility and AHR knowledge, and 16 knowledge questions related to fertility and AHR. SETTING: Online. PATIENT(S): A total of 3,345 childless women between the ages of 20 and 50. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Knowledge of fertility and AHR. RESULT(S): The majority of participants rated themselves as having some knowledge or being fairly knowledgeable about fertility and AHR. However, on the 16 knowledge questions, overall knowledge was low, with 50% or more of the sample answering only 6 of 16 questions correctly. CONCLUSION(S): The data suggest that the women in the study have no coherent body of knowledge regarding age-related fertility and AHR treatment options. With an increasing number of women electing to delay childbearing, there is a critical need for public education regarding age-related fertility declines and the availability, costs, and limitations of AHR. This study offers important mental health contributions to infertility prevention and public health education efforts. SN - 1556-5653 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22192349/Childless_women's_knowledge_of_fertility_and_assisted_human_reproduction:_identifying_the_gaps_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0015-0282(11)02822-6 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -