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J. Islam. Int. Med. Coll.. 2011; 6(2): 3-7

Psychological Morbidity amongst Infertile Couples

Shazia Ali, Fazaila Sabih, Farah Rashid, Sarwat Jehan, Masood Anwar.


Objective:To assess psychological morbidity amongst infertile couples.
Study Design: Cross-Sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: This study was carried out at MAS Infertility Clinic, Rawalpindi from August 2010 to January 2011.
Materials & Methods: A total of 30 subjects (15 couples) were included in the study. After taking an informed consent, they were asked to complete a questionnaire. Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale (DASS) questionnaire was used for this study. Data was analyzed using SPSS version-14 and t-test was applied to see the significance in differences.
Results: Majority of couples were over 30 years of age and were married for more than 5 years. Vast majority (73.3%) were living in joint family system. Psychological morbidity, particularly anxiety and depression affected significantly (p=0.05) female partner. However no significant relationship was observed between the cause of infertility or duration of infertility and psychological manifestations.
Conclusion: This study presents pragmatic evidence regarding the psychological health of infertile couples in our society. Findings suggest hat high levels of stress and depression exist in these couples, which not only affects their physical health, but also their psychological well being. It highlights the importance of providing psychotherapeutic help along with treatment for the cause of infertility.

Key words: Infertility, Infertile couple, Psychological morbidity, Depression, Anxiety and Stress

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