The relation of psychological stress to pregnancy outcome among infertile women undergoing in-vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmatic injection

 
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2011 (EN)
The relation of psychological stress to pregnancy outcome among infertile women undergoing in-vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmatic injection (EN)

Γουρουντή, Κλεάνθη (EL)
Αναγνωστόπουλος, Φώτιος (EL)
Βασλαματζής, Γρηγόριος (EL)

Σχολή Επαγγελμάτων Υγείας και Πρόνοιας. Τμήμα Μαιευτικής (EL)

A considerable literature has been accumulated regarding the relation of psychological factors to in-vitro fertilization outcome. However, study findings have been inconsistent, and the association between psychological stress and in-vitro fertilization outcomes is still unclear. The aim of the authors in this study was to examine the relation of infertility-related stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms to in-vitro fertilization outcome. The sample consisted of 160 women with fertility problems undergoing fertility treatment in a public hospital in Athens, Greece between November 2008 and July 2009. The relation of infertility-related stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms to in-vitro fertilization outcome was assessed by using hierarchical, sequential logistic regression, while controlling for the effects of relevant biomedical factors. After the embryo transfer, 41 women (26%) had a positive pregnancy outcome. Logistic regression analyses revealed that, controlling for biomedical factors (age, number of oocytes retrieved, and embryos transferred) infertility-specific stress (OR = 0.964, p = .011) and nonspecific anxiety (OR = 0.889, p = .006) were negatively associated with a positive pregnancy outcome after IVF. Psychological stress was negatively associated with in-vitro fertilization outcome, after controlling for biomedical variables. Fertility treatment protocols should consider including counselling interventions to potentially mitigate adverse effects of stress. (EN)

journalArticle

Fertilization in vitro (EN)
Treatment outcome (EN)
Infertility (EN)
Σημάδια κατάθλιψης (EN)
Υπογονιμότητα (EN)
Depressive symptoms (EN)
Anxiety (EN)
Stress (Psychology) (EN)
Άγχος (EN)
Εξωσωματική γονιμοποίηση (EN)
Στρες, Ψυχολογία (EN)
Αποτελέσματα θεραπείας (EN)

ΤΕΙ Αθήνας (EL)
Technological Educational Institute of Athens (EN)

Women & Health (EN)

English

2011

DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2011.574791

Gold, Ellen B. (EN)



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