Impact of Symptom and Social Support on Fertility Intention in Reproductive-Age Women With Breast Cancer

Sheng Miauh Huang, Ling Ming Tseng, Jerry Cheng Yen Lai, Yi Fang Tsai, Pei Ju Lien, Ping Ho Chen

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This study describes the fertility intention and explores factors related to fertility intention in reproductive-age women with breast cancer in Taiwan. In this cross-sectional study, women of childbearing age who had been diagnosed with breast cancer completed a face-to-face survey that included demographic, disease, and symptom-related data, and social support and fertility intention information. The mean fertility intention score among the 223 participants was “medium” (M ± SD = 41.18 ± 12.62). Higher symptom severity, especially for distress, was related to lower fertility intention. Instrumental support from families and friends was positively associated with fertility intention score. Younger women had better fertility intention scores than older women. The Sobel test showed that age mediated menopause and fertility intention. The findings offer the evidence of the needs to control symptoms and provide sufficient instrumental support regarding fertility after completing chemotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Apr 1 2018



  • breast cancer
  • fertility intention
  • menopause
  • social support
  • symptom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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