Effects of fertility education on knowledge, desires and anxiety among the reproductive-aged population: findings from a randomized controlled trial
The most salient psychological issue in the article 'Cassandra's prophecy' is the lack of fertility knowledge. This lack of knowledge exhibited by both Jane and the medical professionals resulted in a delay in trying to get pregnant and in seeking and receiving appropriate care, ultimately resulting in inadvertent childlessness. We identify five educational initiatives to increase fertility knowledge and personal awareness in order to promote informed decision-making about fertility health issues. These initiatives cover: (i) better sexual education for children; (ii) family planning for young adults that involves value and preference clarification about future parenthood goals; (iii) public health campaigns to increase awareness of the risk factors associated with reduced fertility; (iv) investigation of adherence to fertility guidelines within the medical profession; and (v) clearer information about the benefits and limitations of available fertility treatment. The future of fertility health care must be centred on providing people with information leading to informed choice about all aspects of their own fertility health. Empowerment may mean that people can better optimize their fertility health and be more likely to reach their parenthood goals.