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FertiSTAT: A potential tool for adolescent sexual health

Published inJournal of pediatric & adolescent gynecology, vol. 34, no. 6, p. 805-810
Publication date2021-12
First online date2021-05-11
Abstract

Study objective: The FertiSTAT (fertility status awareness) tool provides personalized advice on reducing risk factors for infertility and seeking medical advice on the basis of lifestyle and reproductive profile. The aim of our research was to test the FertiSTAT tool in younger patients (14-24 years). A secondary objective was to screen for and evaluate knowledge of risk factors that affect fertility. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, INTERVENTIONS, AND MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Patients aged 14-24 years attending consultations at Geneva University Hospitals received a quantitative questionnaire before consultations. Questions covered lifestyle, gynecological history, perception of fertility, and pregnancy intent. We investigated respondents' beliefs with regard to risk factors for infertility through "true/false" questions. We selected questions relevant to our population from the original FertiSTAT questionnaire to calculate each respondent's FertiSTAT score. Scores ranged from "blue" (low risk, score 1) to "red" (risk of infertility, score 4).Results: A total of 279 women aged 14-24 years were included. Nonpregnant patients had overall higher FertiSTAT scores (2.7 ± 0.8). Upon logistic regression analysis, with every additional FertiSTAT point, the odds of being pregnant at the time of survey decreased by 0.48. Risk factors for infertility and knowledge of these risk factors were equally distributed between pregnant and nonpregnant women.Conclusion: Our findings suggest FertiSTAT might be a useful tool in the younger population to whom we extended it, and highlight gaps in knowledge on risk factors for infertility. These findings are of interest when considering FertiSTAT as a starting point to discuss contraception and risk factors for infertility at an age at which risk mitigation would prove most effective in preserving future fertility.

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Keywords
  • Adolescent
  • FertiSTAT
  • Fertility knowledge
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MC CAREY, Catherine Grazia, VIVIANO, Manuela, YARON, Michal. FertiSTAT: A potential tool for adolescent sexual health. In: Journal of pediatric & adolescent gynecology, 2021, vol. 34, n° 6, p. 805–810. doi: 10.1016/j.jpag.2021.04.007
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