The effects of infertility on the spouses' relationship

The effects of infertility on the spouses' relationship

Title: The effects of infertility on the spouses' relationship;
Efectos de la infertilidad en la relación de los cónyuges;
Efeitos da infertilidade no relacionamento dos cônjuges
Author Faria, Dieime Elaine Pereira de Google Scholar
Grieco, Silvana Chedid Google Scholar
Barros, Sonia Maria Oliveira de Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Institution Univ Brussels
Universidade de São Paulo (USP)
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract The present study investigated the effects of infertility on the spouses' relationship, with the objectives to describe the profile of the studied population, and analyze the effects of infertility on their emotional, sexual and marital life. To do this, a cross-sectional and prospective study was performed in a specialist institution. The sample consisted of 50 infertile couples with a mean of six years of infertility. The women manifested negative feelings in view of the infertility, while the men assumed an attitude of support. The effects on the couples' sexual life were more pronounced in women, and the infertility treatment resulted in positive changes for both spouses. No differences were found regarding the effects of infertility between the women who had undergone more than one treatment and those undergoing treatment for the first time; between the men there were differences in the emotional aspect ( frustration and relief) and in the marital relationship ( strengthening and maturing).
Keywords Infertility
Reproductive techniques
Language English
Date 2012-08-01
Published in Revista Da Escola De Enfermagem Da Usp. Cerquera Cesar: Univ Sao Paolo, v. 46, n. 4, p. 794-801, 2012.
ISSN 0080-6234 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Univ Sao Paolo
Extent 794-801
Access rights Open access Open Access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000309241800002
SciELO ID S0080-62342012000400002 (statistics in SciELO)

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