Infertility and mental health
ILLNESS COGNITIONS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION IN MEN AND WOMEN UNDERGOING FERTILITY TREATMENTS: A DYADIC APPROACH
Negative cognitions and affective disturbances may contribute to higher treatment burden in couples seeking-assisted conception. The present study suggests that psychosocial intervention for couples plays a central role and should be integrated within the conventional treatments for infertility.
STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION OF BOTH PARTNERS IN INFERTILE COUPLES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH CYTOKINE LEVELS AND ADVERSE IVF OUTCOME
Psychiatric disorders and stress in women have been associated with poor IVF outcome. We hypothesized that both partners in the infertile couples are emotionally affected, and cytokines in both may link psychological to reproductive outcome.
INFERTILE WOMEN WHO SCREEN POSITIVE FOR DEPRESSION ARE LESS LIKELY TO INITIATE FERTILITY TREATMENTS
Infertility imposes a psychological burden on many couples. Depression and anxiety have been demonstrated in ~40% of infertile women, which is twice that of fertile women. Further, the psychological burden associated with infertility treatment has been cited as a major factor for discontinuation of infertility care.
THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN STRESS AND INFERTILITY
It has been well documented that infertility causes stress. The impact of stress on ART outcome is still somewhat controversial. However, it is clear that psychological interventions for women with infertility have the potential to decrease anxiety and depression and may well lead to significantly higher pregnancy rates.