Fertility and childbearing outcomes of female plastic surgeons: how far have we come in 25 years?

Hemal, K.; Remark, J.; Chen, W.; Bourne, D.A.

American Journal of Surgery 225(1): 13-19


ISSN/ISBN: 1879-1883
PMID: 36216611
Document Number: 366327
To understand whether the fertility and childbearing outcomes of female plastic surgeons have changed, this study compares current data to historical data from 25 years ago. An IRB-approved survey was sent to female plastic surgery residents, fellows, and members of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons in 2018-2020. The results were compared to historical data from 1995. There were 351 respondents with a response rate of 26%. Fifty-four percent of women had children, which was similar to 1995 (54% vs. 51%, p = 0.45). Miscarriage affected 40% of women, a rate twice as high as 1995 (18.9%, p = n/a). The prevalence of abortion was 13%, significantly lower than 1995 (26%, p < 0.005). The rate of infertility was 54%, significantly higher than 1995 (33%, p < 0.005). Obstetrical complications were slightly higher than in 1995 (61% vs. 57%, p = n/a). There is a disappointing lack of progress in fertility and childbearing outcomes among female plastic surgeons.

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