Stress and Quality of Life for Taiwanese Women Who Underwent Infertility Treatment.

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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.

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Cited Authors

  • Cheng, C-Y; Stevenson, EL; Yang, C-T; Liou, S-R

Published Date

  • July 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 47 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 498 - 508

PubMed ID

  • 29715441

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6909

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0884-2175

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jogn.2018.03.005


  • eng