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Anxiety and depression in women undergoing infertility treatment

Paulina Gdańska, Ewa Drozdowicz-Jastrzębska, Barbara Grzechocińska, Maria Radziwon-Zaleska, Piotr Węgrzyn, Mirosław Wielgoś
DOI: 10.5603/GP.a2017.0019
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Ginekol Pol 2017;88(2):109-112.

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Vol 88, No 2 (2017)
REVIEW PAPERS Gynecology
Published online: 2017-02-28

Abstract

Infertility is a significant problem for millions of couples. Recently more attention is being paid to the relationship between infertility treatment with the use of Assisted Reproductive Techniques and the presence of mental disturbances, of which anxiety and depression are the most common. We present a review of recent studies evaluating the influence of anxiety and depression on fertility treatment outcomes and the effect of Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment on the presence of anxiety and depression among women. The studies show conflicting results concerning the effect of anxiety on Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment outcomes, but most reveal that Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment leads to an increased level of anxiety, especially in cases of treatment failure and longer durations of treatment. Most studies do not show a relationship between depression and Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment outcomes, but it seems that severe depression can lead to lower rates of pregnancy during infertility treatment with Assisted Reproductive Techniques. Moreover, women who become pregnant after Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment seem to have an increased risk of depression in later life.

Abstract

Infertility is a significant problem for millions of couples. Recently more attention is being paid to the relationship between infertility treatment with the use of Assisted Reproductive Techniques and the presence of mental disturbances, of which anxiety and depression are the most common. We present a review of recent studies evaluating the influence of anxiety and depression on fertility treatment outcomes and the effect of Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment on the presence of anxiety and depression among women. The studies show conflicting results concerning the effect of anxiety on Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment outcomes, but most reveal that Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment leads to an increased level of anxiety, especially in cases of treatment failure and longer durations of treatment. Most studies do not show a relationship between depression and Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment outcomes, but it seems that severe depression can lead to lower rates of pregnancy during infertility treatment with Assisted Reproductive Techniques. Moreover, women who become pregnant after Assisted Reproductive Techniques treatment seem to have an increased risk of depression in later life.

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Keywords

infertility, assisted reproductive techniques, anxiety, depression

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Title

Anxiety and depression in women undergoing infertility treatment

Journal

Ginekologia Polska

Issue

Vol 88, No 2 (2017)

Pages

109-112

Published online

2017-02-28

DOI

10.5603/GP.a2017.0019

Bibliographic record

Ginekol Pol 2017;88(2):109-112.

Keywords

infertility
assisted reproductive techniques
anxiety
depression

Authors

Paulina Gdańska
Ewa Drozdowicz-Jastrzębska
Barbara Grzechocińska
Maria Radziwon-Zaleska
Piotr Węgrzyn
Mirosław Wielgoś

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