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Infertility and Health Related Quality of Life: Minireview of the Literature


Objective: Since health related quality of life is an important issue for infertile couples a review was conducted to examine the literature.
Materials and methods: This was a minireview of the literature covering all full publications that have been appeared in the English language biomedical journals. The search strategy included a combination of key words ‘quality of life', ‘infertility, and ‘infertile' in title.
Results: A total of 8 citations were identified and were examined in this minireview. The major findings are summarized and presented in several headings including instruments used, and findings from each individual study.
Conclusion: There were quite a few studies that reported on health related quality of life in infertile couples. It seems that there is need to conduct more studies on the topic using valid and standard measures.

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Fassino S, Piero A, Boggio S, Piccioni V, Garzaro L. Anxiety, depression and anger suppression in infertile couples: a controlled study. Hum Reprod 2002; 17: 2986-2994.

Leiberman JR, Insler V. Physician’s right to refuse treatment of infertility: preserving quality of life. Med Law 1982; 1: 33-38.

Fekkes M, Buitendijk SE, Verrips GHW, Braa DDM, Brewaeys AMA, Dolfing JG, et al. Health-related quality of life in relation to gender and age in couples planning IVF treatment. Hum Reprod 2003; 18: 1536-1543.

Ragni G, Moscom P, Baldini MP, Somigliana E, Vegetti W, Caliari H, Nicolosi AE. Health-related quality of life and need for IVF in 1000 Italian infertile couples. Hum Reprod 2005; 20: 1286-1291.

Schmid J, Kirchengast S, Vytiska-Binstofer E, Huber j. Infertility caused by PCOS-health-related quality of life among Austrian and Moslem immigrant women in Austria. Hum Reprod 2004; 19: 2251-2257.

Cronin L, Guyatt G, Griffith L, Wong E, Azziz R, Futterweit W, et al. Development of a health-related quality of life questionnaire (PCOSQ) for women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). J Clin Endocrinol Metab 1998; 83: 1976-1987.

Jones GL, benes K, Clark TL, Denham R, Holder MG, Haynes TJ, et al. The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Health-related Quality of Life Questionnaire (PCOSQ): a validation. Hum Reprod 2004; 19: 371-377.

Chachamovich JR, Chachamovich E, Zachia S, Knauth D, Passos EP. What variables predict generic and health-related quality of life in a sample of Brazilian women experiencing infertility? Hum Reprod 2007; 22: 1946-1952.

Monga M, Alexandrescu B, Katz SE, Stein M, Ganiats T. Impact of infertility on quality of life, marital adjustment, and sexual function. Urology 2004; 63: 126-130.

Khayata GM, Rizk DE, Hasan MY, Ghazal-Awad S, Asaad MA. Factors influencing the quality of life of infertile women in United Arab Emirates. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2003; 80: 183-188.

El-Messidi A, Al-Fozan H, Lin Tan S, Farag R, Tulandi T. Effects of repeated treatment failure on the quality of life of couples with infertility. J Obstet Gynaecol Can 2004; 26: 333-336.

Ghasemzad A, Farzadi L. Quality of life and its correlates among a group of infertile Iranian women. Med Sci Monit 2007; 13: 313-317.

Schanz S, Baeckert-Sifeddine IT, Braeunlich C, Collins SE, Batra A, Gebert S, et al. A new quality of life measure for men experiencing involuntary childlessness. Hum Reprod 2005; 20: 2858-2865.

IssueVol 1, No 2 (December 2007) QRcode
SectionReview Articles
Infertile Literature review

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Montazeri A. Infertility and Health Related Quality of Life: Minireview of the Literature. J Family Reprod Health. 2007;1(2):55-58.