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Awareness, Intentions, and Attitudes Toward Planned Oocyte Cryopreservation Among Female Medical Staff

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    Su Mi Kim
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
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    Jin Young Choi
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
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  • Myeong Reun Rhee
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
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  • Seung Hwa Hong
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea
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  • Il Woon Ji
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea
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  • Eun-Hwan Jeong
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University Hospital, Cheongju, Korea

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea
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  • Jung Ryeol Lee
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    Correspondence: Jung Ryeol Lee.
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    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
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Published:January 13, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbmo.2022.01.002

      Abstract

      Research Question

      What are the awareness, intentions, and attitudes of female medical staff toward planned oocyte cryopreservation (OC)?

      Design

      A cross-sectional survey was conducted during June 2019 among 171 female medical staff in a single tertiary hospital. The self-administered questionnaire consisted of 39 questions.

      Results

      The 151 responses (88%) were received including 13 doctors and 138 nurses. The mean age of the respondents was 26.4 years. Less than half of the women (47.7%) answered correctly about the age at which female fertility markedly declines. Our study demonstrated that 28.5% of the respondents considered themselves as potential freezers while 30.5% of the respondents would not consider the procedure. Potential freezers (58.1% vs. 21.7%, p <0.001) and older age participants (44.2% vs. 28.4, p=0.014) were more interested in consulting about fertility preservation during an obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) visit. If respondents were to consider oocyte cryopreservation, they thought a lack of information would be a major obstacle to accept the procedure (57.6%). Of the respondents, 85.3% believed that OC is a woman's right. A strong majority of respondents (96.0%) agreed or were neutral on the statement that all women have the right to receive education on fertility preservation during OB/GYN visits, but none of them have ever received medical education about fertility preservation, reflecting lack of access to fertility preservation care.

      Conclusion

      This study indicated that there was widespread awareness about planned OC among female medical staff. A significant proportion of the participants considered planned OC as a woman's right. There appears to be a critical need for proper education about fertility preservation.

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      Biography

      Su Mi Kim, MD, graduated from Dankook medical university in 2012. She underwent a clinical research fellowship at the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. She is now a physician-researcher at Chungbuk National University Hospital. Her research focuses on fertility preservation.
      Key Message
      This study investigating the awareness, intentions, and attitudes of female medical staff toward planned oocyte cryopreservation showed that a need for improved education about fertility preservation for them. Nearly most participants of this study stated education on fertility preservation should be provided during routine OBGYN visits.