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Table 2 Fertility information of survey participantsa

From: Psychological experience and coping strategies of patients in the Northeast US delaying care for infertility during the COVID-19 pandemic

  n = 214
At what point in evaluation or treatment did you pause? n(%) 72(33.6%)
During fertility testing/evaluation prior to actual fertility treatment 34(15.9%)
During non- In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) fertility treatment 30(14%)
Prior to starting any fertility testing/evaluation 27(12.6%)
During IVF treatment after egg retrieval but cancelled transfer (froze embryos) 21(9.8%)
During frozen embryo transfer (FET) cycle 15(7%)
During IVF treatment prior to egg retrieval 12(5.6%)
I have not paused 72(33.6%)
How many weeks do you believe your fertility journey was delayed? mean (sd) 10(5)
Does your health insurance cover any part of your infertility treatment? n(%)
Yes 175(81.8%)
No 33(15.4%)
Do not know 4(1.9%)
How long have you been actively trying to have a baby? n(%)
  > 48 months 53(24.8%)
18–24 months 31(14.5%)
12–18 months 29(13.6%)
36–48 months 25(11.7%)
6–12 months 25(11.7%)
  < 6 months 22(10.3%)
24–36 months 20(9.3%)
 How many times have you been pregnant? mean (sd) 1.1(1.4)
Have you had a pregnancy loss? n(%)
No 124(57.9%)
Yes 83(38.8%)
 How many pregnancy losses have you had? mean (sd) 0.7(1.2)
Do you have a confirmed infertility diagnosis? n(%)
Yes 123(57.5%)
No 60(28%)
Do not Know 24(11.2%)
Choose up to 2 reasons from the list n(%)
Ovulation problem (i.e. polycystic ovarian syndrome 38(17.8%)
Unexplained 32(15%)
Advanced age/ decreased ovarian reserve (low number of eggs) 26(12.1%)
Male factor 25(11.7%)
Blocked fallopian tubes 16(7.5%)
Other 11(5.1%)
Endometriosis 9(4.2%)
Anatomical uterine problem 3(1.4%)
Fibroids 3(1.4%)
Infertility treatments you have had prior to pausing treatment: n(%)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) 79(36.9%)
Oral medication (Clomid, Letrozole) 77(36%)
 In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 73(34.1%)
None 63(29.4%)
Injectable (Menopur, Gonal-F) 58(27.1%)
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) 33(15.4%)
Egg freezing 28(13.1%)
Surgery 23(10.7%)
Endometriosis treatment 6(2.8%)
Other 5(2.3%)
Donor sperm 3(1.4%)
Do not know 2(0.9%)
Donor eggs 1(0.5%)
Gestational Carrier/Surrogate 1(0.5%)
Infertility treatments you are considering: n(%)
 In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) 129(60.3%)
Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) 79(36.9%)
Injectables (Menopur, Gonal-F) 51(23.8%)
Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) 41(19.2%)
Oral medication (Clomid, Letrozole) 39(18.2%)
Egg freezing 17(7.9%)
Donor sperm 9(4.2%)
Donor eggs 8(3.7%)
Surgery 7(3.3%)
Do not know 5(2.3%)
Endometriosis treatment 5(2.3%)
Gestational Carrier/Surrogate 4(1.9%)
None 4(1.9%)
Other 3(1.4%)
Have you taken any medication for anxiety depression (last 12 months)? n(%)
No 173(80.8%)
Yes 34(15.9%)
Do you believe that emotional stress: (select all that apply) n(%)
Can reduce success of treatment 162(75.7%)
Can cause miscarriage 96(44.9%)
Can cause infertility 94(43.9%)
Has no impact on fertility 12(5.6%)
  1. aNote that that the denominator, n = 214, is based on the total number of patients who responded to the survey questions but not all survey questions were required. Totals do not equal 100% in each category as not all patients answered every survey question