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Rev Esc Enferm USP. 2012 Aug;46(4):794-801.

[The effects of infertility on the spouses' relationship].

[Article in Portuguese]

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Departamento Materno Infantil, Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Santa Casa de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.


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).

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