The psychosocial impact of infertility two years after completed surgical treatment
1985 (English)In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica, ISSN 0001-6349, E-ISSN 1600-0412, Vol. 64, no 7, 599-604 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Twenty-four infertile couples were interviewed prior to and 2 years after the woman's reconstructive tubal operation. Their marital relationship, social and sexual life, mental health, possible solutions to the infertility problem and need of professional psychosocial counselling were studied. Moreover, various mental symptoms were recorded by means of a 'symptom checklist'. The personality characteristics were evaluated by the Eysenck Personality Inventory (EPI). The partners feelings for each other were worsening 2 years after the operation. There was also a tendency to a deterioration in the participants' opinion about their marital relationship, but no statistically significant change could be found. The women reported deterioration of sexual life and the men experienced an increased negative influence of the infertility problem on the marital relationship. The negative emotional and social effects of infertility were pronounced both before and 2 years after the surgical treatment. The participants' personality characteristics as regards neuroticism and extroversion had not changed. Most of the infertile couples found it difficult to work on their own towards a solution to the crisis of infertility during the 2 years following the surgical treatment.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
1985. Vol. 64, no 7, 599-604 p.
Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-41758PubMedID: 4082934OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-41758DiVA: diva2:407732