Pregnancy and Fertility Concerns: A Survey of United States Obstetrics and Gynecology Residents
ACOG ePoster. Schwartz K. Apr 27, 2018; 212142
Kaia Schwartz
Kaia Schwartz
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Introduction: Reproductive life planning is an important aspect of OBGYN resident education. Despite learning about declining fertility and the potential problems associated with delaying pregnancy, OBGYN residents overestimate the age at which fertility declines and the success rates of fertility treatment. We aim to characterize attitudes towards infertility, pregnancy timing, and oocyte cryopreservation among current OBGYN residents.

Methods: We present a cross sectional study of female trainees from 27 academic OBGYN resident training programs. A voluntary, anonymous online survey was used to assess resident reproductive experiences and characterize attitudes towards personal family planning and infertility.

Results: Of 756 trainees who were sent the survey, 487 opened the email, and 309 participated (63.4% response rate per opened email, 40.9% overall). Average respondent age was 29.7 years. The majority of residents expressed the desire to have children, but reported not yet having started childbearing (75.8%, n=210). Almost half described delaying conception for career/education reasons (45.4%, n=196). The majority desired to start childbearing at age
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