Table 2

Characteristics of the (patient) interviewees

N (%)
Total patient interviews:20 (100%)
 Women15 (75%)
 Men5 (25%)
 Ethnicity, white British16 (80%)
 Age, median (range)36 (30–46)
Occupational social class*
 Managerial/professional occupations14 (70%)
 Intermediate occupations2 (10%)
 Routine and manual occupations3 (15%)
 Student1 (5%)
 Unexplained after investigations1 (5%)
 Female factor (eg, anovulation, endometriosis, fibroids)6 (30%)
 Male factor (eg, azoospermia, asthenozoospermia, cancer)4 (20%)
 Both partners have a fertility diagnosis7 (35%)
 None (single woman, or same-sex relationship)2 (10%)
Funding for treatment
 NHS-funded (ie, free at point of care)7 (35%)
 Self -funded (ie, paying privately)7 (35%)
 Experience of both (NHS-funded cycles, then self-funded)6 (30%)
 Successful treatment (pregnant at interview or had a child using ART)10 (50%)
  • *Individuals who are not currently working are classified by previous job title (n=2).

  • ART, assisted reproductive technology; NHS, National Health Service.