Public perception on infertility and its treatment: An international survey

E. Y. Adashi, J. Cohen, L. Hamberger, H. W. Jones, D. M. De Kretser, B. Lunenfeld, Z. Rosenwaks, A. Van Steirteghem

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The first large survey on the public perception of infertility and its treatment was conducted in six European countries, the USA and Australia. A representative sample of 8194 adults was polled, using standard validated methodology. The results obtained highlighted the following major aspects: (i) infertility is perceived as a disease by less than half of the people surveyed (38%), in contrast to the accepted medical opinion; (ii) awareness about the definition and incidence of infertility is relatively low, despite the fact that half of the people polled claimed to know someone affected by infertility; (iii) close to 90% of the adults surveyed knew about in-vitro fertilization (IVF), but less than one-quarter of them knew about the chances of success of this assisted reproductive technology; and (iv) when confronted with the knowledge that the cost of three IVF cycles is roughly equivalent to the cost of a hip replacement (a commonly reimbursed procedure), a large majority (70%) of the individuals interviewed agreed that IVF should be reimbursable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)330-334
Number of pages5
JournalHuman Reproduction
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Assisted reproduction
  • Infertility survey
  • Public awareness
  • Public perception
  • Treatment reimbursement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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