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The effect of an infertility diagnosis on the distress, marital and sexual satisfaction between husbands and wives in Taiwan.
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PMID:  11473979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Few studies have explored the effect of a gender-specific infertility diagnosis on the responses of couples in Taiwan. The purpose of this research was to compare the differences in distress, marital and sexual satisfaction in husbands and wives based on an infertility diagnosis. METHODS: Three structured questionnaires were used. RESULTS: Female members of couples in which both partners were infertile expressed less marital and sexual satisfaction than their husbands. No differences in marital and sexual satisfaction were found between wives and husbands with unexplained infertility. Only wives with a diagnosed female infertility expressed higher distress to infertility than their husbands. Although no differences in psychosocial responses were found among husbands, regardless of the diagnosis, wives with a diagnosed female infertility experienced higher distress in self-esteem and less satisfaction in acceptance by in-laws than wives experiencing a diagnosed male infertility. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the diagnosis of infertility is an important factor in assessing the differences in infertility distress and marital and sexual satisfaction between husbands and wives. Health professionals can explain the gender differences when counselling infertile couples and encourage them to share each other's feelings, which may help couples to cope with the communication problems they may experience.
T Y Lee; G H Sun; S C Chao
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human reproduction (Oxford, England)     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0268-1161     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum. Reprod.     Publication Date:  2001 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-27     Completed Date:  2001-10-25     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701199     Medline TA:  Hum Reprod     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1762-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Nursing, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, P.O.Box 90055, Neihu, Taiwan, Republic of China.
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MeSH Terms
Infertility / diagnosis*,  psychology*
Infertility, Female / diagnosis,  psychology
Infertility, Male / diagnosis,  psychology
Self Concept
Sex Characteristics
Stress, Psychological*

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