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The other side of the fertility coin: a comparison of childless men's and women's knowledge of fertility and assisted reproductive technology.
Fertil Steril. 2013 Mar 01; 99(3):839-46.FS

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To determine childless men's knowledge about fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments and family building options, compared to knowledge of a sample of childless women.

DESIGN

Self-report questionnaire comprising 2 self-ratings and 20 knowledge questions related to later childbearing and ART.

SETTING

Online survey.

PATIENT(S)

A total of 599 presumed fertile, childless men between the ages of 20 and 50 years.

INTERVENTION(S)

None.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S)

Knowledge of fertility and ART as measured by the male version of the Fertility Awareness Survey.

RESULT(S)

The majority of participants rated themselves as having some knowledge or being fairly knowledgeable about fertility and ART. However, on the 20 knowledge questions, overall knowledge was limited, with more than 50% of the sample answering correctly only 4 of 20 knowledge questions. The men demonstrated even less knowledge of fertility and ART than childless women.

CONCLUSION(S)

Given that the childless men in our study had no coherent body of knowledge regarding age-related fertility and ART treatment and family-building options, men may be contributing to the trend to delay childbearing. If they are to be effective in supporting informed fertility and childbearing decisions, education programs must target both women and men.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. judith.daniluk@ubc.caNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

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

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23148926

Citation

Daniluk, Judith C., and Emily Koert. "The Other Side of the Fertility Coin: a Comparison of Childless Men's and Women's Knowledge of Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology." Fertility and Sterility, vol. 99, no. 3, 2013, pp. 839-46.
Daniluk JC, Koert E. The other side of the fertility coin: a comparison of childless men's and women's knowledge of fertility and assisted reproductive technology. Fertil Steril. 2013;99(3):839-46.
Daniluk, J. C., & Koert, E. (2013). The other side of the fertility coin: a comparison of childless men's and women's knowledge of fertility and assisted reproductive technology. Fertility and Sterility, 99(3), 839-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2012.10.033
Daniluk JC, Koert E. The Other Side of the Fertility Coin: a Comparison of Childless Men's and Women's Knowledge of Fertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology. Fertil Steril. 2013 Mar 1;99(3):839-46. PubMed PMID: 23148926.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The other side of the fertility coin: a comparison of childless men's and women's knowledge of fertility and assisted reproductive technology. AU - Daniluk,Judith C, AU - Koert,Emily, Y1 - 2012/11/10/ PY - 2012/09/04/received PY - 2012/10/15/revised PY - 2012/10/17/accepted PY - 2012/11/15/entrez PY - 2012/11/15/pubmed PY - 2013/8/1/medline SP - 839 EP - 46 JF - Fertility and sterility JO - Fertil. Steril. VL - 99 IS - 3 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To determine childless men's knowledge about fertility and assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments and family building options, compared to knowledge of a sample of childless women. DESIGN: Self-report questionnaire comprising 2 self-ratings and 20 knowledge questions related to later childbearing and ART. SETTING: Online survey. PATIENT(S): A total of 599 presumed fertile, childless men between the ages of 20 and 50 years. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): Knowledge of fertility and ART as measured by the male version of the Fertility Awareness Survey. RESULT(S): The majority of participants rated themselves as having some knowledge or being fairly knowledgeable about fertility and ART. However, on the 20 knowledge questions, overall knowledge was limited, with more than 50% of the sample answering correctly only 4 of 20 knowledge questions. The men demonstrated even less knowledge of fertility and ART than childless women. CONCLUSION(S): Given that the childless men in our study had no coherent body of knowledge regarding age-related fertility and ART treatment and family-building options, men may be contributing to the trend to delay childbearing. If they are to be effective in supporting informed fertility and childbearing decisions, education programs must target both women and men. SN - 1556-5653 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23148926/The_other_side_of_the_fertility_coin:_a_comparison_of_childless_men's_and_women's_knowledge_of_fertility_and_assisted_reproductive_technology_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0015-0282(12)02345-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -