Table 2

Attitudes to parenting and fertility

Men
(n = 82)
Women
(n = 54)
p value
“How important is having children to you at present or in the next 10 years?”
 Not at all important12  (15%)15  (28%)
 Quite/very important70 (85%)39 (72%)0.05
“Do you worry that if you had a child it may have cystic fibrosis?”
 Yes48 (59%)30 (56%)
 No18 (22%)13 (26%)NS
 Never think about it/NA16 (19%)11 (18%)
“How do you feel if a health professional questions if you should have a child?”
 Shocked12 (15%)9 (17%)NS
 Angry25 (31%)20 (37)%NS
 Relieved6 (7%)0%<0.05
 Resigned8 (10%)6 (11%)NS
 Not bothered26 (32%)19 (35%)NS