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Survey reveals that understanding of infertility lacking

AGE MATTERS Many interviewees were not sufficiently aware of the effect of aging on fertility and the success of treatments for infertility

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Many people may not have a clear understanding of the effectiveness of infertility treatment, a recent survey showed.

The Taiwanese Society for Reproductive Sciences asked the department of obstetrics gynecology and the department of public health of National Cheng Kung University with a survey on people's attitudes toward reproduction.

The survey results were revealed at the society's annual convention over the weekend.

About 1,000 people aged between 25 and 44 were interviewed in early June, approximately two-thirds of whom were married.

The investigation showed that a substantial number of the respondents may not understand that aging influences fertility and the effectiveness of artificial reproduction techniques.

Hsu Kan-lin (許甘霖), a professor from the public health department, said that the interviewees generally thought they did not have sufficient knowledge about infertility.

However, most of them did not consider infertility to be a cause of embarrassment and thus were not afraid of discussing it with others, according to the survey.

These people also said they may be willing to consider artificial insemination if they found themselves faced with serious infertility problems, Hsu said.

Most of the surveyed did not show any preference for boys or girls in terms of having children, he said, adding that they had children to sustain their marriages and family instead of to carry on the family name.

Hsu also said that 37 percent of the interviewees who did not want to get married too early said they planned on tying the knot in their early thirties and having children two to three years after the wedding.

By then, their fertility has started declining, he said, adding that they may encounter difficulties conceiving.

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