Attitude towards ovarian tissue and oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons: a cross-sectional study.

Woodtli, Nada; von Wolff, Michael; Bitterlich, Norman; Stute, Petra (2018). Attitude towards ovarian tissue and oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons: a cross-sectional study. Archives of gynecology and obstetrics, 298(1), pp. 191-198. Springer-Verlag 10.1007/s00404-018-4778-5

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PURPOSE To assess the attitude towards ovarian tissue and oocyte cryopreservation for non-medical reasons. METHODS Cross-sectional electronic survey in 248 Swiss women aged 15-35 years, nationally representative for educational level. RESULTS Most women did not worry about an age-related fertility decline. Two-thirds of women would consider using hormone therapy (HT) for menopausal symptom relief although concerns about side effects and risks were still high. Acceptance of cryopreservation of oocytes (19%) or ovarian tissue (13%) for postponing fertility or menopause was generally low, but increased (37%) if both goals could be achieved with one surgery. Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue for postponing menopause was acceptable for 22% of women. Not having a suitable partner until age 35 increased the likelihood of considering postponing fertility by cryopreservation (p < 0.001) and had a stronger impact on that decision than the factor "pursuing a career" (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION More education on age-related fertility decline, menopause and HT (benefit-risk ratio) is needed. Furthermore, the political and socioeconomic discussion should focus on women's needs, especially on compatibility of career and family.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

UniBE Contributor:

von Wolff, Michael and Stute, Petra

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0932-0067

Publisher:

Springer-Verlag

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Zehr

Date Deposited:

26 Mar 2019 13:55

Last Modified:

26 Mar 2019 13:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1007/s00404-018-4778-5

PubMed ID:

29700601

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cryopreservation Fertility Hormone therapy Oocyte Ovarian tissue

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.125890

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/125890

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