Vicious Cycle Between Stress and Infertility

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJNR.2015.02.01.Art009

Authors : Sisy Jose


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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