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Author Ying, Liying ♦ Wu, Lai Har ♦ Loke, Alice Yuen
Source World Health Organization (WHO)-Global Index Medicus
Content type Text
Publisher Springer
File Format HTM / HTML
Language English
Difficulty Level Medium
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology ♦ Natural sciences & mathematics ♦ Life sciences; biology ♦ Physiology & related subjects ♦ Natural history of organisms ♦ Technology ♦ Medicine & health ♦ Human physiology ♦ Incidence & prevention of disease ♦ Pharmacology and therapeutics ♦ Diseases ♦ Gynecology, obstetrics, pediatrics & geriatrics
Subject Domain (in MeSH) Eukaryota ♦ Organisms ♦ Male Urogenital Diseases ♦ Diseases ♦ Therapeutics ♦ Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment ♦ Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms ♦ Psychiatry and Psychology ♦ Reproductive and Urinary Physiological Phenomena ♦ Biological Sciences ♦ Persons ♦ Persons
Subject Keyword Discipline Reproductive Medicine ♦ Discipline Genectics ♦ Expressed Emotion ♦ Fertilization In Vitro ♦ Psychology ♦ Reproductive Techniques, Assisted ♦ Adult ♦ Anxiety ♦ Epidemiology ♦ Depression ♦ Female ♦ Humans ♦ Infertility ♦ Male ♦ Pregnancy ♦ Sex Characteristics ♦ Journal Article
Abstract PURPOSE: The purposes of this paper are to provide a comprehensive picture of men and women's emotional reactions to infertility treatment, specifically In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) pursued by heterosexual couples, and to identify any differences between the genders. METHODS: Nonexperimental studies exploring the psychological effects of IVF treatment on infertile couples were included. Six electronic databases were used to conduct a systematic search from the years 2000 to 2014. The references of the articles selected for review and other related systematic reviews were also screened to retrieve additional relevant articles. The quality of the included studies was assessed using the Joanna Briggs Institute Critical Appraisal Checklist. Descriptive analysis was adopted to synthesize the results. RESULTS: A total of 22 quantitative and 4 qualitative studies were identified and included in this review. Although both men and women experienced psychological distress during the treatment, gender differences existed. Women had elevated anxiety and depression levels prior to the treatment, which became even higher on the day of the oocyte retrieval, pre- and post embryo transfer, and during the waiting period before the pregnancy test. Men of the infertile couples reported elevated depression scores before treatment, which usually increased during the time spent waiting for the outcome of the IVF treatment. Both men and women had lower scores on positive affect before the pregnancy test. A failed IVF cycle had long-term negative psychological consequences for both spouses. CONCLUSIONS: The results of this review pointed to the need for a couple-based support program, aimed at improving the psychological well-being of couples.
Description Country affiliation: China
Author Affiliation: Ying L ( School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.; Wu LH ( School of Nursing, Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.; Loke AY ( School of Nursing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China.
ISSN 10580468
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Reading ♦ Research ♦ Self Learning
Interactivity Type Expositive
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2016-02-01
Publisher Place Netherlands
e-ISSN 15737330
Journal Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Volume Number 33
Issue Number 2

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Source: WHO-Global Index Medicus