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Understanding the emotional aspects of infertility: implications for nursing practice.

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The University of Alabama, Capstone College of Nursing, Tuscaloosa 354887-0358, USA. rsherrod@bama.ua.edu

Abstract

Approximately 10% to 15% of childbearing-age couples experience infertility. Infertility has multiple aspects, including physical, emotional, financial, social, and psychological effects. Although most health care professionals are more aware of problems related to physical aspects of infertility, the difficulties and needs that arise from the emotional aspects are often more significant for couples. Thus, it is crucial that health care professionals, particularly nurses, understand these needs. This article provides some practical information to help nurses do just that.

PMID:
15068165
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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