Tewes H. Wischmann

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BACKGROUND The aim of the study was to identify differences in psychological characteristics between couples with fertility disorders, especially idiopathic infertility, and a representative sample. MATERIAL AND METHODS A total of 564 couples was examined using psychological questionnaires pertaining to sociodemographic factors, motives for wanting a(More)
Discontinuation is a problem in fertility clinics. Many couples discontinue assisted reproductive technologies (ART) without achieving a live birth for reasons other than poor prognosis or the cost of treatment. Discontinuation has been attributed to the burden of treatment. The causes of burden can be broadly classified according to whether they originate(More)
INTRODUCTION Sexuality and the desire for a child are strongly interconnected. The same applies to sexual disorders and the unfulfilled desire for a child. AIM This article indicates the relations between sexual disorders and the unfulfilled desire for a child and outlines the potential effects of diagnostics and treatment in the context of reproductive(More)
The Guidelines for Counselling in Infertility describe the purpose, objectives, typical issues and communication skills involved in providing psychosocial care to individuals using fertility services. The Guidelines are presented in six sections. The first section describes how infertility consultations differ from other medical consultations in obstetrics(More)
STUDY QUESTION Based on the best available evidence in the literature, what is the optimal management of routine psychosocial care at infertility and medically assisted reproduction (MAR) clinics? SUMMARY ANSWER Using the structured methodology of the Manual for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Guideline Development, 120(More)
Scientific knowledge of the emotional repercussions of infertility on men remains limited and has only recently become the focus of social science research. Firstly, the current developments in research on the psychosocial impact of infertility on men through a search of the literature over the last 10 years are outlined in this paper. In the second(More)
Purpose : The hypothesis of this review is that the role of psychological factors as the sole cause of infertility is generally overrated. Methods : A review is given of studies concerning the influence of psychological factors on the development of infertility. Result : A prevalence of psychogenic infertility of 10–15 per cent must be discussed critically.(More)
BACKGROUND Little is known about the psychosocial characteristics of infertile couples seeking psychological help. This study describes couples attending infertility counselling. METHODS Questionnaires pertaining to socio-demographic factors, motives for wanting a child, lay aetiology of their infertility, dimensions of life and partnership satisfaction,(More)
Building a family using donated gametes (semen, oocytes or embryos) is associated with specific issues which differ from building a family with gametes from both intended parents, the resulting family comprising separated biological and social parenthood. To respect the welfare of all parties involved, the 'Beratungsnetzwerk Kinderwunsch Deutschland e.V.'(More)
The article describes a two-tier, interdisciplinary design for the psychological counseling and therapy of childless couples. It is solution- and resource-oriented and avoids psychopathological ascriptions. Couples are supported in coming to terms with the crisis of a physical disorder and its emotional consequences; they are also aided in developing(More)