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BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to explore the reasons why couples discontinue fertility treatment. METHODS A retrospective exploratory study was performed at the Leuven University Fertility Centre, a university hospital-based fertility center. Women who discontinued treatment between September 2000 and December 2001 were contacted in 2004-2005(More)
Endocrine disease frequently interrupts sexual function, and sexual dysfunction may signal serious endocrine disease. Diabetic autonomic neuropathy and endothelial dysfunction impair erectile function, and phosphodiesterase inhibition produces only moderate benefit. The effect of diabetes on women's sexual function is complex: the most consistent finding is(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to 1) examine the prevalence of sexual problems in women with type 1 diabetes, 2) compare this prevalence rate with that of an age-matched control group, 3) study the influence of diabetes-related somatic factors on female sexuality, and 4) study the influence of psychological variables on the sexual functioning of both groups. (More)
BACKGROUND The recognition of the distressing character of infertility diagnosis and treatment has led to the development of several psychosocial interventions for infertile couples. At the Leuven University Fertility Centre, a body-mind marital group intervention was developed to help infertile couples cope with the distress related to infertility. (More)
BACKGROUND Treatment guidelines recommend antidepressant treatment be continued for at least 6 months to ensure maximal improvement and to prevent relapse. Naturalistic studies show that the average length of treatment is shorter than 6 months and that dropout rates are high. Factors leading patients to discontinuation of therapy are not well understood.(More)
INTRODUCTION Breast cancer (BC) and/or its treatments may affect sexual functioning based on physiological and psychosocial mechanisms. The aim of this study was to prospectively investigate sexual adjustment of BC patients during a follow-up period of one year after mastectomy (ME) or breast conserving therapy (BCT). METHODS In this prospective(More)
BACKGROUND DSM-IV diagnosis of major depressive disorder includes a requirement that symptoms result in significant clinical distress or impairment. This criterion is difficult to assess and is often overlooked. This study examines the use of the Sheehan Disability Scale as a possible method of assessing impairment, as well as the relationship between(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to investigate the prevalence and risk factors associated with sexual dysfunction in a well-characterized cohort of women with type 1 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The study was conducted in women enrolled in the long-term Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study, a North American study of(More)
RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS — The study was conducted in women enrolled in the long-term Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications (EDIC) study, a North American study of men and women with type 1 diabetes. At year 10 of the EDIC study, 652 female participants were invited to complete a validated self-report measure of sexual function,(More)
Although sexual dysfunctions are frequently comorbid with many chronic diseases and their treatments, until recently, these dysfunctions have been neglected in both research and clinical practice. Fortunately, sexual functioning in the context of chronic disease has now begun to receive more scientific attention. Studies in the field are, however, quite(More)