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Publikation: Zeitschriftenartikel

Who can take advantage of medically assisted reproduction in Germany?


Titel Who can take advantage of medically assisted reproduction in Germany?
Erscheinungsjahr 2021
Seiten (von – bis) 51 – 61
Band 13
Jahr 2021
Publikationsform Elektronische Ressource
Publikationsart Zeitschriftenartikel
Sprache Englisch
DOI 10.1016/j.rbms.2021.05.002
Letzte Änderung 11.08.2021 06:01:47
Bearbeitungsstatus durch UB Rostock abschließend validiert
Dauerhafte URL http://purl.uni-rostock.de/fodb/pub/66021
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Compared with other European societies, access to medically assisted reproduction (MAR) in Germany is rather restrictive. Surprisingly little is known about the actual utilization of MAR in Germany and its social selectivity, primarily due to a lack of appropriate data. This article studies the use of MAR by drawing on 11 waves of the German Family Panel (pairfam), an annual survey that collects data on partnership and family dynamics in Germany. In estimating pooled logistic regression models that take into account whether or not MAR has been used, the following treatments were included: (i) in-vitro fertilization or micro-fertilization; (ii) intrauterine insemination; and (iii) any type of surgery performed to treat infertility. The highest odds of seeking medical help for infertility were found among married, childless couples who had a higher income, a strong desire to have children, a poor self-assessed health status, and who reported having problems conceiving a child prior to the year of the interview. Among these married couples, those with an above-average income were particularly likely to use MAR. These findings indicate that social selectivity in the uptake of MAR is based on economic resources and on the importance of marriage as the cultural ideal for a 'normal family'.


Köppen, Katja Link zur UB Rostock Link zum GBV-Katalog
Trappe, Heike Link zur UB Rostock Link zum GBV-Katalog
Schmitt, Christian


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