Experiences of infertility through the lens of Iranian infertile women: a qualitative study.

Abstract

AIM The purpose of this study was to explore and describe the experiences of Iranian infertile women regarding infertility. METHODS A qualitative design, based on a content analysis approach, was used to reach this study aim. After employing purposive sampling to choose 10 women who were seeking infertility treatment at a referral center in Tehran, Iran, semi-structured interviews were carried out to gather data. RESULTS During the data analysis, four main themes emerged including "abuse", "marital instability", "social isolation", and "loss of self- esteem". CONCLUSION Infertility influences both the psychological and social well-being of women. Improving the knowledge of healthcare professionals especially nurses about the complications of infertility and its related cultural-contextual factors are crucial in order to provide high quality care to infertile women.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-7924.2012.00208.x

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@article{BehboodiMoghadam2013ExperiencesOI, title={Experiences of infertility through the lens of Iranian infertile women: a qualitative study.}, author={Zahra Behboodi-Moghadam and Mahvash Salsali and Hasan Eftekhar-Ardabily and Mojtaba Vaismoradi and Fatemeh Ramezanzadeh}, journal={Japan journal of nursing science : JJNS}, year={2013}, volume={10 1}, pages={41-6} }