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J Psychosom Obstet Gynaecol. 2009 Mar;30(1):11-20. doi: 10.1080/01674820902830276.

Depression and anxiety among Polish infertile couples--an evaluative prevalence study.

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Woman's Health Chair, The Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland. cor111@poczta.onet.pl

Abstract

AIM:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of infertility on the severity of anxiety and depression in infertile couples.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

This was a cross-sectional study of differences between infertile couples (206 women and 188 men) and fertile couples (n = 190) with symptoms of depression and anxiety, as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory and Beck Anxiety Inventory.

RESULTS:

Infertile women (35.44%) scored above the cut-off for severe symptoms of depression, compared with 19.47% of fertile women. In the case of anxiety evaluation there was significant total prevalence among infertile women (15.53%). In the male groups there was a comparable frequency of negative results for depression and anxiety and their intensity. Among Female Infertile, depression occurred most frequently in combined infertility, whilst among Male Infertile in male infertility, with a time-frame of 3-6 years causing the creation and severity of depressive symptoms.

CONCLUSION:

The risk factors of depression and anxiety in infertility include: female sex, age over 30, lower level of education, lack of occupational activity, diagnosed male infertility and infertility duration of 3-6 years.

PMID:
19308778
DOI:
10.1080/01674820902830276
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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