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Ukrainian medical students’ attitudes to parenthood and knowledge of fertility
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Caring Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2753-9140
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2016 (English)In: European journal of contraception & reproductive health care, ISSN 1362-5187, E-ISSN 1473-0782, Vol. 21, no 2, 189-194 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Objectives: The aim of our study was to investigate Ukrainian medical students’ intentions andattitudes in relation to future parenthood, and their knowledge about fertility. Methods: Aclassroom survey was carried out of randomly selected groups among 3568 Russian-speakingmedical students. The response rate was 88.8%; 858 were female and 407 were male; the mean agewas 20.6 (standard deviation [SD] 2.4) years. Results: One in four male and 16% of femalerespondents did not want to have children, 3.3% had children and 17% wanted one child only.Female respondents wished to have their first child when they were 24.4 (SD 2.4) years of age, andmale respondents when they were 26.8 (SD 3.4) years of age. Around 60% of respondents reportedthere was a pronounced decline in female fertility after the age of 45 years. Conclusions: The desireto have children in the future is not apparent among medical students, especially not among men.Gaps in students’ knowledge about fertility need to be addressed by sexual and reproductiveeducation.

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2016. Vol. 21, no 2, 189-194 p.
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Contraception; fertility; medical students; parenthood; survey
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Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-282257DOI: 10.3109/13625187.2015.1130221ISI: 000375025700011PubMedID: 26796521OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-282257DiVA: diva2:916796
Available from: 2016-04-04 Created: 2016-04-04 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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