Treatment‐related stresses and depression in couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatment by IVF or ICSI

  title={Treatment‐related stresses and depression in couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatment by IVF or ICSI},
  author={Manfred E. Beutel and J{\"o}rg Kupfer and P Kirchmeyer and Suzanne Kehde and Frank Michael K{\"o}hn and Immo Schroeder-Printzen and Holger Gips and H.J.G. Herrero and Wolfgang Weidner},
Summary. The purposes of the study were to compare treatment‐related stresses of couples undergoing IVF or ICSI treatment (ejaculated, epididymal or testicular spermatozoa) and to identify sex differences and risk factors for depression. A one‐year cohort of couples was retrospectively sent questionnaires on infertility and treatment‐related distress and depression (Depression Scale, D‐S). Two hundred and eighty‐one women and 281 men (61% of those eligible) were included. As determined by… 

Depression in Chinese men undergoing different assisted reproductive technique treatments: prevalence and risk factors

In a sample of Chinese men undergoing ART treatments, the prevalence of depression was higher than other country, and the risk factors for depression varied in different ART treatments groups.


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The effect of an infertility diagnosis on treatment-related stresses.

Wives appear to experience significantly more stress from infertility tests and treatment than their husbands, regardless of whether female infertility was present, and interventions to enhance the infertility treatment experience are suggested.

Association between Emotional State Changes in Infertile Couples and Outcome of Fertility Treatment

In successful IVF couples, positive affectivity decreased, and negative affectivity increased in women until the time of embryo transfer, which was accompanied by an increase inpositive affectivity in men, which remained until thetime of the pregnancy test and provided emotional support to their partner.

Prevalence and incidence of depressive and anxious symptoms in couples undergoing assisted reproductive treatment in an Italian infertility department.

Psychosocial trends in couples prior to commencement of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment

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Factors Influencing Anxiety in Infertile Women Undergoing IVF/ICSI Treatment

As the level of anxiety was higher in infertile women with younger age, female factor infertility and longer duration of treatment, it is recommended to consider this population more vulnerable and to provide them supportive counseling to be able to overcome their anxiety.

The relation between social support and stress in treatment of infertility in infertile couples referred to infertility centers of Isfahan in 2007

It seems necessary to provide educational courses for couples on different techniques of reducing stress, counseling and information and emotional support by health personnel as well as general education of families on how to provide support for couples.

Infertility treatment and marital relationships: a 1-year prospective study among successfully treated ART couples and their controls.

Successful ART does not constitute a risk for marital adjustment, and the shared stress of infertility may even stabilize marital relationships.

Infertile couples' experience of family stress while women are hospitalized for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome during infertility treatment.

  • S. ChangP. Mu
  • Medicine, Psychology
    Journal of clinical nursing
  • 2008
The results demonstrate that the experience of family stress involves impacts that range across the domains of individual, marital, family and social interactions and there is a need to cope with these when the wife is hospitalized for moderate to severe Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome.



Psychosocial, treatment, and demographic predictors of the stress associated with infertility.

The psychological concomitants of in vitro fertilization

In order to determine the psychological as well as the physical concomitants of in vitro fertilization (IVF), as well as to assess the reactions of husbands as well as wives to this reproductive


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Psychological aspects of male infertility.

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