Knowledge of ovarian reserve and reproductive choices

Erum Azhar, David B. Seifer, Katherine Melzer, Ahmed Ahmed, Jeremy Weedon, Howard Minkoff

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Objective: To determine the factors that influence the reproductive choices of health care professionals, and to assess whether knowledge of ovarian reserve would modify those choices. Method: A cross-sectional survey utilizing anonymous questionnaires that assessed demographics, knowledge, attitudes and choices of female and male health care professionals between the ages of 20–55 (N = 185) who work at an academic medical center Result(s): Of the 185 respondents, 75 % were female, 35 % were residents and 35 % were married. Among those who were delaying childbearing 39 % wanted to complete their education, 25 % had no identified partner, 10 % were too active professionally and 4 % could not afford children at the time. If testing of the individual or individual’s partner indicated diminished ovarian reserve, 48 % of those responding would try to have a child sooner, 21 % would opt for oocyte cryopreservation, 7 % would try to find a partner sooner, 7 % would pursue adoption, and 3 % would select embryo cryopreservation. Only 14 % would not actively pursue treatment or make lifestyle changes. These results varied significantly with marital status but did not differ between participants with and without children. Similarly, choices did not vary significantly with religious belief or ethnicity. Conclusion(s): Increased information about a woman’s reproductive reserve would lead individuals to modify life choices. Physicians caring for reproductive-age women and men should inquire about their childbearing plans, and educate those who are postponing childbearing regarding the normal pattern of reproductive decline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)409-415
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 18 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Family planning
  • Health care professionals
  • Ovarian reserve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Genetics
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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