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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 359-364
Knowledge about age-related decline in fertility and oocyte cryopreservation: A national survey

1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
2 Fertility Centers of Illinois, Chicago, IL, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Jennifer E Hirshfeld-Cytron
900 N. Kingsbury, Suite RW6, Chicago, IL 60610, (312) 222-8230
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jhrs.JHRS_158_17

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Context: Women worldwide are delaying childbearing, but are they aware of the age-related decline in fertility? Aims: The aim of this study is to investigate awareness of age-related decline in fertility and oocyte cryopreservation. Settings and Design: A primary analysis of a cross-sectional electronic survey with a nationally representative sample of nulliparous women aged 25–45 years. Subjects and Methods: A national online survey performed March 4–March 9, 2016. Statistical Analysis Used: A linear regression model and ANOVA tests were performed. Results: A total of 1213 women completed the survey. A significant difference was discovered in fecundity knowledge between women who identified as in a partnership compared to those who did not. Partnered women were more likely to respond “know a lot” about the age-related decline in fertility, whereas unpartnered women were more likely to respond “never heard of it” (P < 0.01). Partnered women are also more likely to respond that they would have made different life choices had they been more knowledgeable about fertility at a younger age (P = 0.01). The majority of the survey population had heard of oocyte cryopreservation but did not know much about it. Conclusions: Slightly over half of participants had an understanding of the natural age-related decline in fertility. Having a partner significantly increased the likelihood that a woman reported more knowledge about fertility. More effort is necessary to educate all women on assisted reproductive technologies and the natural age-related decline in fertility, specifically single women of childbearing age.

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