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Fertil Steril. 1993 Mar;59(3):685-9.

Psychosocial stress as a cause of infertility.

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Endocrine Research Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution, Front Royal, Virginia 22630.


An adaptive model for the evolution of reproductive failure predicted psychosocial stress to increase as anatomic causes of infertility decrease. The nonanatomic infertility group in our study reported greater psychosocial stress than intermediate (P < 0.008) or anatomic groups (P < 0.0005). Controls, women with nonanatomic etiologies who were not attempting pregnancy, also reported higher psychosocial stress than the anatomic group (P < 0.007). Results are consistent with the hypothesis that psychosocial distress contributes significantly to the etiology of some forms of infertility.

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