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The experience of spontaneous pregnancy loss for infertile women who have conceived through assisted reproduction technology.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20023296     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this qualitative, phenomenological study was to explore the subjective experiences of infertile women who conceived through the use of assisted reproduction technology--ovarian stimulation, intrauterine insemination or IVF--only to lose their pregnancy at 2-16 weeks gestation. METHODS: Ten women participated in in-depth, tape-recorded interviews. After initial content analysis, a phenomenological analysis was undertaken to identify common themes in the participants' stories. RESULTS: Nine common themes were identified. These included: a sense of profound loss and grief; diminished control; a sense of shared loss with their partners; injustice or lack of fairness; ongoing reminders of the loss; social awkwardness; fear of re-investing in the treatment process or a subsequent pregnancy; the need to make sense of their experience; and feelings of personal responsibility for what had happened. CONCLUSIONS: Participants' experiences of pregnancy loss were embedded within their experiences of infertility and medical treatment, and shaped by their significant investment in having a child. A significant feature was their marked ambivalence regarding future reproductive options after their pregnancy loss, reflecting a unique overlay of prominent anxiety in their grief experience.
Authors:
Darcy L Harris; Judith C Daniluk
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human reproduction (Oxford, England)     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1460-2350     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum. Reprod.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-09     Completed Date:  2010-04-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701199     Medline TA:  Hum Reprod     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  714-20     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Interdisciplinary Programs, King's University College, 266 Epworth Avenue, London, ON, Canada. darcy.harris@uwo.ca
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Abortion, Spontaneous / psychology*
Adult
Female
Grief
Humans
Infertility, Female / psychology*,  therapy
Interview, Psychological
Male
Pregnancy / psychology*
Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / psychology*
Social Support

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