Women's views of a fertility awareness and hormonal support approach to subfertility

McLindon, Lucas Anthony, Beckmann, Michael, Flenady, Vicki, McIntyre, H. David and Chapman, Michael (2013) Women's views of a fertility awareness and hormonal support approach to subfertility. Human Fertility, 16 4: 252-257. doi:10.3109/14647273.2013.843791

Author McLindon, Lucas Anthony
Beckmann, Michael
Flenady, Vicki
McIntyre, H. David
Chapman, Michael
Title Women's views of a fertility awareness and hormonal support approach to subfertility
Journal name Human Fertility   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1464-7273
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/14647273.2013.843791
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 252
End page 257
Total pages 6
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 2729 Obstetrics and Gynaecology
2743 Reproductive Medicine
Abstract The aim of this study was to determine the satisfaction among subfertile women of a fertility awareness-based approach, including hormonal therapy to achieve a pregnancy by natural conception. Eighty four women attending a natural fertility service completed a postal questionnaire exploring (1) the acceptability of the sympto-thermal method and (2) the acceptability of using hormone support. Acceptability rates for the fertility charting, clinical service and clinical care were 64.9-91.6%. Acceptability rates were higher in women who did conceive or had experienced past recurrent miscarriages. Taking hormonal luteal support, by any method, was more acceptable for women over 35 years compared to those under 35 years (100% vs. 69.4%, p = 0.014). Vaginal pessaries were the preferred route of administration. The use of a fertility awareness-based method appears to be acceptable amongst subfertile women intending to conceive naturally. Most women using such a method for conception would be open to the use of hormonal support during the fertility cycle or early pregnancy.
Keyword Acceptability
Fertility awareness-based method
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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