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Gynecol Obstet Fertil. 2013 May;41(5):297-304. doi: 10.1016/j.gyobfe.2012.09.015. Epub 2013 Apr 18.

[What does a thorough personality questionnaire, the MMPI-2, tell us about psychological aspects of recurrent miscarriage?].

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  • 1Centre d'AMP, CHI Poissy-Saint-Germain, 10, rue du Champ-Gaillard, 78300 Poissy, France. mojaoul@noos.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Try to analyse the experience of couples undergoing repeated miscarriages by answering the following questions: what can we learn from these men and women who suffered from repeated miscarriages?

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

A thorough personality questionnaire, the MMPI-2, presented to 50 couples who have had repeated miscarriages.

RESULTS:

Through a hierarchical classification, different profiles appear in the men's group as well as in the women's group, revealing a somatization of psychological suffering. It is also revealing acute defensive personality profiles showing restricted affects in a lot of these men whose partners have suffered from multiple procreation failures. Such a narrower range of emotions can be a cause of additional pain for their partner and for themselves.

DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION:

We can therefore establish that, in these circumstances, the medical and/or psychological treatment should include both couple members to improve the marital adjustment and ease the couple towards another pregnancy which is always apprehended with the fear of another failure. A few etiological hypothesis may be evoked.

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