Female oncofertility attitude and knowledge: a survey of reproductive health professionals in Shanghai, China

Future Oncol. 2019 Feb;15(4):371-379. doi: 10.2217/fon-2018-0428. Epub 2019 Jan 8.


Aim: To evaluate the female oncofertility attitude and knowledge of reproductive health professionals in China.

Methods: An online survey was distributed to reproductive health professionals in Shanghai, China.

Results: Female professionals were more likely to consider that cancer patients would want to preserve their fertility. Participants with higher educational background tended to have a more positive attitude toward oncofertility. The majority of the participants (71.0%) obtained a fair or low level of oncofertility knowledge, and only 25.3% of them received scores at the 'good knowledge' level.

Conclusion: There are significant gaps in the current oncofertility knowledge among reproductive health professionals in China, suggesting an urgent, unmet need for establishing an interdisciplinary fertility preservation training and service system.

Keywords: cancer therapy; female oncofertility; infertility.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • China / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Fertility*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Personnel*
  • Health Surveys
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology*
  • Reproductive Health*
  • Sex Factors
  • Young Adult