Dr Michelle Peate: Let’s talk about babies: empowering women to take charge of their reproductive planning
Location:Heydon Laurence LT217, The University of Sydney
Dr Michelle Peate from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne.
She will present: Let’s talk about babies: empowering women to take charge of their reproductive planning
Abstract: Women are more likely to suffer infertility and unplanned childlessness than men, and involuntary childlessness negatively impacts psychosocial wellbeing. The decision to have children is complex, with women weighing up their desires against the societal pressures and career obstacles that are common consequences of parenting. This is even more complicated for women with a health condition that reduces fertility. Where a known threat to female fertility exists fertility preservation techniques can provide options. There is no absolutely right or wrong fertility preservation decision but the impact on wellbeing can be profound. My research aims to improve reproductive decision-making by exploring women’s experiences and developing evidence-based interventions. I will present my program of work on reproductive decision-making across groups facing cancer-, age-, and endometriosis-related infertility.