Barriers to managing fertility: findings from the understanding fertility management in contemporary Australia Facebook discussion group

Holton, Sara, Rowe, Heather, Kirkman, Maggie, Jordan, Lynne, McNamee, Kathleen, Bayly, Christine, McBain, John, Sinnott, Vikki and Fisher, Jane 2016, Barriers to managing fertility: findings from the understanding fertility management in contemporary Australia Facebook discussion group, Interactive Journal of Medical Research, vol. 5, no. 1, doi: 10.2196/ijmr.4492.

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Title Barriers to managing fertility: findings from the understanding fertility management in contemporary Australia Facebook discussion group
Author(s) Holton, SaraORCID iD for Holton, Sara orcid.org/0000-0001-9294-7872
Rowe, Heather
Kirkman, Maggie
Jordan, Lynne
McNamee, Kathleen
Bayly, Christine
McBain, John
Sinnott, Vikki
Fisher, Jane
Journal name Interactive Journal of Medical Research
Volume number 5
Issue number 1
Article ID e7
Total pages 9
Publisher JMIR Publications
Place of publication Toronto, Ont.
Publication date 2016-02-15
ISSN 1929-073X
Keyword(s) fertility management
Australia
Facebook
social media
Summary BACKGROUND: As part of research investigating the complexities of managing fertility in Australia, public opinions about how Australians manage their fertility were sought from women and men. 
OBJECTIVE: To identify public opinion about sexual and reproductive health in Australia. 
METHODS: To ensure access to a diverse group of people throughout Australia, an online group was advertised and convened on Facebook from October through December 2013. In a closed-group moderated discussion, participants responded to questions about how people in Australia attempt to manage three aspects of fertility: avoiding pregnancy, achieving pregnancy, and difficulties conceiving. Nonidentifiable demographic information was sought; no personal accounts of fertility management were requested. The discussion transcript was analyzed thematically. 
RESULTS: There were 61 female and 2 male Facebook users aged 18 to 50 years living in Australia participating in the study. Four main themes about fertility management were identified: access, geographical location, knowledge, and cost. Participants reported that young people and people from rural areas face barriers accessing contraception and fertility services. Limited knowledge about sex and reproduction and the cost of fertility services and contraception were also said to impede effective fertility management. 
CONCLUSIONS: Reasons for inequalities in effective fertility management that are amenable to change were identified. Facebook is an effective method for gaining insights into public opinion about sexual and reproductive health.
Language eng
DOI 10.2196/ijmr.4492
Field of Research 110399 Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Sara Holton, Heather Rowe, Maggie Kirkman, Lynne Jordan, Kathleen McNamee, Christine Bayly, John McBain, Vikki Sinnott, Jane Fisher.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30109406

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Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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