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Table 1 Characteristics of participants

From: Quality of life, coping strategies and support needs of women seeking Traditional Chinese Medicine for infertility and viable pregnancy in Australia: a mixed methods approach

Characteristics   N %
Recruitment TCM practitioners (n=3) 16 64
Internet forums (n=2) 3 12
Newspaper advertisements 2 8
Other participants 4 16
Mean age 37.3 years (SD 3.6) 25 100
Education University degree 14 56
Vocational 5 20
Secondary school 6 24
Ethnicity Caucasian 23 92
Latin American 2 8
Place of birth Australia 20 80
Overseas English-speaking 3 12
Overseas non English-speaking 2 8
Place of residence South Australia 22 88
Other state in Australia 3 12
Infertility status Primary infertility 18 72
Secondary infertility 4 16
Stillbirth 3 12
Infertility history Problems with conception: 19 76
Unexplained infertility 11 44
PCOS 4 16
Endometriosis 3 12
Poor egg quality 1 4
Problems retaining viable pregnancy: 6 24
Recurrent miscarriage (range n= 3–5) 3 12
Stillbirth 3 12
Mean (range) time trying to conceive 4.5 (1–10) years 25 100
Conventional/WM treatment Attended fertility clinic 17 68
Number of IVF cycles (mean 2.5, range 0–15) 14 56
  1. SD, standard deviation, PCOS, polycystic ovarian syndrome, WM, Western medicine, IVF, in vitro fertilisation.