Stress and Quality of Life for Taiwanese Women Who Underwent Infertility Treatment.
OBJECTIVE:To describe the psychological stress and quality of life experienced by women who underwent fertility treatment in Taiwan. DESIGN:Cross-sectional, correlational study. SETTING:Recruitment was conducted and questionnaires administered at a reproductive medicine center in Chiayi City, Taiwan. PARTICIPANTS:Informed consent to participate was obtained from 126 women who sought fertility treatment at the center. METHODS:The Chinese Fertility Problem Inventory and Fertility Quality of Life scale were used to measure participants' levels of fertility-related stress and fertility-related quality of life. Descriptive statistics, correlation, and regression analysis were used. RESULTS:Overall, participants reported low levels of fertility-related stress and fertility-related quality of life; however, they had relatively high levels of stress related to need for parenthood. Women who were older, had greater body mass indexes, and consumed coffee regularly had lower fertility-related quality of life. Social and relationship concerns and stress related to need for parenthood were significant predictors of low fertility-related quality of life. CONCLUSION:In a culture in which childbearing is generally an expectation and an important part of family life, women who experience infertility are at risk to experience fertility-related stress. Social support and family consultation might be offered to improve women's fertility-related quality of life.
Cheng, C-Y; Stevenson, EL; Yang, C-T; Liou, S-R
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