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This Can Quickly Assess Fertility Knowledge

Fertil Steril; ePub 2017 Sep 11; Kudesia, et al

The Fertility & Infertility Treatment Knowledge Score (FIT-KS) can quickly assess fertility knowledge, researchers concluded after conducting a survey of >1,100 individuals. One group of respondents comprised women between 18 and 45 years of age; a second consisted of female medical students and OB-GYN trainees. Investigators assessed natural fertility and infertility treatment knowledge. Among the results:

  • FIT-KS score among women was 16.2 (56% correct).
  • FIT-KS score among students and trainees was 18.8 (65% correct); year of training correlated to a higher score.
  • Participant awareness of lifestyle factors varied; it was especially low regarding the effects of lubricants.
  • Most underestimated the spontaneous miscarriage rate and overestimated the fecundability of 40-year-old women.
  • Success rates for assisted reproductive technologies were generally overestimated, particularly among medical trainees.


Kudesia R, Chernyak E, McAvey B. Low fertility awareness in U.S. reproductive-aged women and medical trainees: Creation and validation of the Fertility & Infertility Treatment Knowledge Score (FIT-KS). [Published online ahead of print September 11, 2017]. Fertil Steril. doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2017.07.1158.

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