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Perceptions of oocyte banking from women intending to circumvent age-related fertility decline.
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016 Dec; 95(12):1396-1401.AO

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Women can now opt to bank their oocytes with the intention of increasing their chances of achieving a pregnancy after their fertility has declined. This exploratory study aimed to gain insight into how women, considering oocyte banking to circumvent age-related fertility decline, perceive this intervention.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

We conducted a qualitative study in a Dutch university medical center and held in-depth interviews with women on the waiting list for oocyte banking. We recorded the interviews, transcribed them verbatim and used thematic analysis.

RESULTS

All women were financially independent and lived in single-person urban households. They opted for oocyte banking because they wished to share parenthood with a future partner rather than becoming a single parent. This strong desire was key in their interpretation of all aspects of the intervention. Women set aside information about the limited success rates and potential risks, as they were optimistic about their own prognosis, thought that the chances for success were equally likely as the chances it would fail, and because of "anticipatory regret". They perceived oocyte banking as a "helping hand" to achieve shared parenthood. Although women found the costs of the intervention high, they were willing to invest their money to increase their chances for shared parenthood.

CONCLUSIONS

Oocyte banking allows women to circumvent age-related fertility decline. The prospect of potential shared parenthood overrules the perceived health risks and burden. Health professionals should take this into account when informing potential users of oocyte banking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Center for Reproductive Medicine, Women and Children's Clinic, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Leuven University Fertility Center, Leuven University Hospital, Leuven, Belgium.Center for Reproductive Medicine, Women and Children's Clinic, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Center for Reproductive Medicine, Women and Children's Clinic, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Center for Reproductive Medicine, UZ Brussel, Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium.Center for Reproductive Medicine, Women and Children's Clinic, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27623090

Citation

de Groot, Marije, et al. "Perceptions of Oocyte Banking From Women Intending to Circumvent Age-related Fertility Decline." Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, vol. 95, no. 12, 2016, pp. 1396-1401.
de Groot M, Dancet E, Repping S, et al. Perceptions of oocyte banking from women intending to circumvent age-related fertility decline. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016;95(12):1396-1401.
de Groot, M., Dancet, E., Repping, S., Goddijn, M., Stoop, D., van der Veen, F., & Gerrits, T. (2016). Perceptions of oocyte banking from women intending to circumvent age-related fertility decline. Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 95(12), 1396-1401. https://doi.org/10.1111/aogs.13019
de Groot M, et al. Perceptions of Oocyte Banking From Women Intending to Circumvent Age-related Fertility Decline. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016;95(12):1396-1401. PubMed PMID: 27623090.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Perceptions of oocyte banking from women intending to circumvent age-related fertility decline. AU - de Groot,Marije, AU - Dancet,Eline, AU - Repping,Sjoerd, AU - Goddijn,Mariette, AU - Stoop,Dominic, AU - van der Veen,Fulco, AU - Gerrits,Trudie, Y1 - 2016/10/14/ PY - 2016/04/08/received PY - 2016/09/06/accepted PY - 2016/9/14/pubmed PY - 2017/2/18/medline PY - 2016/9/14/entrez KW - Delayed motherhood KW - fertility KW - oocyte cryopreservation KW - oocyte freezing KW - patient-centeredness KW - social values SP - 1396 EP - 1401 JF - Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica JO - Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand VL - 95 IS - 12 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Women can now opt to bank their oocytes with the intention of increasing their chances of achieving a pregnancy after their fertility has declined. This exploratory study aimed to gain insight into how women, considering oocyte banking to circumvent age-related fertility decline, perceive this intervention. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a qualitative study in a Dutch university medical center and held in-depth interviews with women on the waiting list for oocyte banking. We recorded the interviews, transcribed them verbatim and used thematic analysis. RESULTS: All women were financially independent and lived in single-person urban households. They opted for oocyte banking because they wished to share parenthood with a future partner rather than becoming a single parent. This strong desire was key in their interpretation of all aspects of the intervention. Women set aside information about the limited success rates and potential risks, as they were optimistic about their own prognosis, thought that the chances for success were equally likely as the chances it would fail, and because of "anticipatory regret". They perceived oocyte banking as a "helping hand" to achieve shared parenthood. Although women found the costs of the intervention high, they were willing to invest their money to increase their chances for shared parenthood. CONCLUSIONS: Oocyte banking allows women to circumvent age-related fertility decline. The prospect of potential shared parenthood overrules the perceived health risks and burden. Health professionals should take this into account when informing potential users of oocyte banking. SN - 1600-0412 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27623090/Perceptions_of_oocyte_banking_from_women_intending_to_circumvent_age_related_fertility_decline_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/aogs.13019 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -