The vicious cycle between stress and infertility
was developed on the basis of a Quasi experimental study in
Kerala, India on “Quality of life of couples with infertility before and
after adoption of child”. A pre test post test control group design was used in
the study. The study was designed to investigate the effect of adoption on
quality of life of infertile couples. One of the dependent variables of the
study was psychological distress. The major objective of the study was to
identify the effect of adoption on psychological distress among infertile
couples. The study investigated
the perceived psychological distress and assessed the difference in
level of psychological distress among couples at various points after adoption among Indian infertile couples.
It is noticed that some couples who are medically certified as infertile, which
is a mandatory document for adoption spontaneously conceive after adoption.
Though infertility is considered and managed as a physical entity, the
psychological component which has a vital role is often neglected or
overlooked. An effective reduction in psychological stress will not unblock
obstructed fallopian tubes, create sperm or resurrect declining ovaries but may
help fertility problems of an unexplained or hormonal nature.1 The study
explains the phenomena behind spontaneous conception after adoption. The
improvement in the wellbeing of couples experienced after adoption may improve
reproductive functions and fertility among couples which points to the
possibility for better outcome of infertility treatment or even spontaneous
conception after adoption. This study invites attention to the psychological
component of infertility.
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