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Table 2 The percentage of participants who answered each item correctly (N = 799)

From: College students responding to the Chinese version of Cardiff fertility knowledge scale show deficiencies in their awareness: a cross-sectional survey in Hunan, China

Items (correct answer) Male
(N = 345)
Female (N = 454) Total
N (%)
Rank
A woman is less fertile after the age of 36 years. (true) 257 (74.5) 375 (82.6) 632 (79.1) 1
A couple would be classified as infertile if they did not achieve a pregnancy after 1 year of regular sexual intercourse (without using contraception). (true) 133 (38.6) 143 (31.5) 276 (34.5) 10
Smoking decreases female fertility. (true) 245 (71.0) 362 (79.7) 607 (76.0) 2
Smoking decreases male fertility. (true) 252 (73.0) 344 (75.8) 596 (74.6) 3
Having a healthy lifestyle makes you fertile. (false) 20 (5.8) 10 (2.2) 30 (3.8) 13
About 1 in 10 couples are infertile. (true) 108 (31.3) 165 (36.3) 273 (34.2) 11
If a man produces sperm he is fertile. (false) 227 (65.8) 342 (75.3) 569 (71.2) 4
These days a woman in her 40s has a similar chance of getting pregnant as a woman in her 30s. (false) 226 (65.5) 331 (72.9) 557 (69.7) 5
If a man has had mumps after puberty he is more likely to later have a fertility problem. (true) 93 (27.0) 126 (27.8) 219 (27.4) 12
A woman who never menstruates is still fertile. (false) 158 (45.8) 251 (55.3) 409 (51.2) 7
If a woman is overweight by more than 2 stone (13 kg or 28 pounds) then she may not be able to get pregnant. (true) 120 (34.8) 156 (34.4) 276 (34.5) 9
If a man can achieve an erection then it is an indication that he is fertile. (false) 192 (55.7) 227 (50.0) 419 (52.4) 6
People who have had a sexually transmitted disease are likely to have reduced fertility. (true) 146 (42.3) 169 (37.2) 315 (39.4) 8