A survey study of attitude and knowledge regarding female fertility preservation among reproductive health professionals in Fujian, China

Ke Ju, Megan Kopp, Yuqing Wang, Gehui Yuan, Weiwei Zheng, Lauren M. Ataman, Teresa K. Woodruff, Qionghua Chen, Shuo Xiao*

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Abstract

Purpose: Oncofertility is a newly developed medical field dedicated to preserving adolescent and young adult-aged cancer patients' fertility. For female cancer patients who desire to have children, fertility preservation has become an important concern before the cancer therapy. This study for the first time aimed to investigate attitude and knowledge regarding female fertility preservation among reproductive health professionals in China. Methods: An online questionnaire assessing participants' demographics, experience, attitude, and basic knowledge regarding oncofertility was designed and distributed to reproductive health professionals in Fujian, one of the major regions for cancer and reproductive care in southeast China. Results: The majority of participants (96.6%) who were familiar with fertility preservation were willing to collaborate with oncologists on preserving patients' fertility. However, ∼20% of participants were not familiar with the term fertility preservation, and 30.4% and 52.2% of them were never consulted by a cancer patient or an oncologist about the infertility risk from cancer therapy, respectively. Years of working experience, but not gender, educational background, and marital status, was significantly associated with participants' oncofertility experience and attitude. A majority of participants (79.3%) had a middle or low level of oncofertility knowledge, which was significantly linked to their educational background. Conclusion: Most of the surveyed reproductive health professionals held a positive attitude toward interdisciplinary collaboration with oncologists during oncofertility practice. However, the lack of their oncofertility knowledge highlighted the need of standard oncofertility education and training in China.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-73
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of adolescent and young adult oncology
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2019

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Keywords

  • Chinese reproductive health professional
  • cancer therapy
  • female fertility preservation
  • oncofertility

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology

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