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Overcoming Distress During IVF: A Woman's Perspective

WOMEN ADJUSTMENT TO EMOTIONAL DISTRESS DURING IVF

Being a parent is a major transition in the life cycle of both men and women alike. But unfortunately, before reaching that stage, some go through the stress of the non-fulfillment of a dream for a child leading to emotional expressions such as temperament issues, depression, anxiety, marital discord, withdrawing from social groups and loss of interest in sexual activity. Couples experience shame, grief, and low self-esteem in the setting of their infertility. Studies show that in the case of infertile couples, females experience higher levels of distress than their male partners (Wright 1991; Greil 1988); however, men’s responses to infertility is almost the same as those of women when infertility is attributed to a male factor (Nachtigall 1992). A feeling of loss of identity is experienced by men and women along with a sense of defectiveness and incompetence.

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