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Infertility knowledge and attitudes in urban high school students

by Susan Quach, Clifford Librach, Quach S, Librach C.
FERTILITY AND STERILITY ()
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Abstract

Objective: To assess knowledge and attitudes about infertility through a\nsurvey.\nDesign: Descriptive study with stratified random sampling.\nSetting: Eighteen high schools were selected in Toronto, Ontario,\nCanada.\nPatient(s): Seven hundred seventy-two students participated in the\nstudy. The mean age of students was 17.5 +/- 0.98 years. Females were\n49.02% (n = 377) of the sample. The sample was ethnically diverse,\nconsisting of > 13 groups.\nIntervention(s): None.\nMain Outcome Measure(s): The main outcome was infertility knowledge and\nattitudes, Secondary analysis compared gender and socioeconomic status.\nResult(s): The majority (608; 79%) of high school students were\nfamiliar with the term infertility (95% confidence interval: 76%,\n82%). More than 94% did not know that chlamydia or gonorrhea could\nlead to infertility, Seventy percent felt that protecting their\nfertility was important to them, with significantly more females feeling\nthis way. There was a higher proportion of students from schools with\nlow socioeconomic status who gave incorrect answers to knowledge-related\nquestions and were unaware of the association between sexually\ntransmitted infections and infertility.\nConclusion(s): Although the majority of students value their fertility,\nknowledge about preventable factors causing infertility was limited.\nIncreased efforts are needed to educate students on factors that may\naffect their fertility. (Fertil Steril(R) 2008;90:2099-106. (C) 2008 by\nAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine.)

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