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Medical and social egg freezing: internet-based survey of knowledge and attitudes among women in Denmark and the UK.
Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016 Dec; 95(12):1402-1410.AO

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Until recently, limited options for preserving fertility in order to delay childbearing were available. Although egg freezing and successful thawing is now possible, it remains unclear to what extent women are aware of the availability of this technique, their attitudes towards its use, or the circumstances under which this technique may be considered.

MATERIAL AND METHODS

An online cross-sectional survey was designed to investigate knowledge and attitudes of women in Denmark and the UK on egg freezing and their potential intentions regarding the procedure.

RESULTS

Data was collected from September 2012 to September 2013 and the responses of 973 women were analyzed. In total, 83% of women reported having heard of egg freezing, and nearly all considered it acceptable for medical indications, whilst 89% considered it acceptable for social reasons. Overall, 19% expressed active interest in the procedure, and 27% expressed possible interest. Key factors found to positively influence attitudes to accepting the procedure were reassurance that it would not affect future fertility and greater than 50% chance of achieving a live birth. Characteristics significantly associated with intention to freeze eggs were being single, age under 35 years, childlessness, and a history of infertility. In this group, risk and cost were less important considerations.

CONCLUSIONS

This study indicates that there is widespread awareness and support of the availability of eggs freezing for reproductive planning. Reassurance regarding its efficacy appears more important than its potential adverse effects on their health or that of future children, or the costs of the procedure.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southampton, Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, UK.Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.The Fertility Clinic, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Southampton, Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, UK. Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde, Denmark.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27638056

Citation

Lallemant, Camille, et al. "Medical and Social Egg Freezing: Internet-based Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes Among Women in Denmark and the UK." Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, vol. 95, no. 12, 2016, pp. 1402-1410.
Lallemant C, Vassard D, Nyboe Andersen A, et al. Medical and social egg freezing: internet-based survey of knowledge and attitudes among women in Denmark and the UK. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016;95(12):1402-1410.
Lallemant, C., Vassard, D., Nyboe Andersen, A., Schmidt, L., & Macklon, N. (2016). Medical and social egg freezing: internet-based survey of knowledge and attitudes among women in Denmark and the UK. Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica, 95(12), 1402-1410. https://doi.org/10.1111/aogs.13024
Lallemant C, et al. Medical and Social Egg Freezing: Internet-based Survey of Knowledge and Attitudes Among Women in Denmark and the UK. Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2016;95(12):1402-1410. PubMed PMID: 27638056.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Medical and social egg freezing: internet-based survey of knowledge and attitudes among women in Denmark and the UK. AU - Lallemant,Camille, AU - Vassard,Ditte, AU - Nyboe Andersen,Anders, AU - Schmidt,Lone, AU - Macklon,Nick, Y1 - 2016/11/05/ PY - 2016/05/18/received PY - 2016/09/12/accepted PY - 2016/9/18/pubmed PY - 2017/2/18/medline PY - 2016/9/18/entrez KW - Assisted reproduction KW - cancer KW - cryopreservation KW - infertility KW - oocyte freezing KW - women's health issues SP - 1402 EP - 1410 JF - Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica JO - Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand VL - 95 IS - 12 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Until recently, limited options for preserving fertility in order to delay childbearing were available. Although egg freezing and successful thawing is now possible, it remains unclear to what extent women are aware of the availability of this technique, their attitudes towards its use, or the circumstances under which this technique may be considered. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An online cross-sectional survey was designed to investigate knowledge and attitudes of women in Denmark and the UK on egg freezing and their potential intentions regarding the procedure. RESULTS: Data was collected from September 2012 to September 2013 and the responses of 973 women were analyzed. In total, 83% of women reported having heard of egg freezing, and nearly all considered it acceptable for medical indications, whilst 89% considered it acceptable for social reasons. Overall, 19% expressed active interest in the procedure, and 27% expressed possible interest. Key factors found to positively influence attitudes to accepting the procedure were reassurance that it would not affect future fertility and greater than 50% chance of achieving a live birth. Characteristics significantly associated with intention to freeze eggs were being single, age under 35 years, childlessness, and a history of infertility. In this group, risk and cost were less important considerations. CONCLUSIONS: This study indicates that there is widespread awareness and support of the availability of eggs freezing for reproductive planning. Reassurance regarding its efficacy appears more important than its potential adverse effects on their health or that of future children, or the costs of the procedure. SN - 1600-0412 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27638056/Medical_and_social_egg_freezing:_internet_based_survey_of_knowledge_and_attitudes_among_women_in_Denmark_and_the_UK_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/aogs.13024 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -