Childless women's knowledge of fertility and assisted human reproduction: identifying the gaps

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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.


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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)420-6
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Copyright © 2012 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

    Research areas

  • Adult, Age Factors, Female, Fertility, Health Care Costs, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Literacy, Humans, Infertility, Female/economics, Internet, Middle Aged, Patient Education as Topic, Reproductive Behavior/psychology, Reproductive Techniques, Assisted/economics, Risk Factors, Surveys and Questionnaires, Young Adult

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