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Evaluation of factors associated with the anxiety and depression of female infertility patients

Mariko Ogawa*, Kiyoshi Takamatsu and Fumi Horiguchi

Author Affiliations

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tokyo Dental College Ichikawa General Hospital, Chiba, Japan

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BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2011, 5:15  doi:10.1186/1751-0759-5-15

Published: 23 December 2011

Abstract

Background

Because the primary aim of infertility treatment is to achieve pregnancy, mental health care during this treatment is often neglected. However, the inability to conceive children is stressful for couples throughout the world. Thus, the purpose of this study was to investigate factors related to the anxiety and depression of female infertility patients.

Methods

Participants included 83 Japanese women who initially visited the Reproduction Center of the Tokyo Dental College Ichikawa General Hospital to undergo testing and receive infertility treatment between February and April 2008. We administered two psychological tests, the Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) test and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) test. We then examined the association of the test results with age, pregnancy and delivery history, employment status, duration of infertility, infertility treatment history, and male infertility.

Results

As patient age increased, total HADS and depression scores also increased. No correlation was observed between duration of infertility and SDS or HADS scores. Results were similar when the presence and absence of delivery history was compared. Patients who underwent infertility treatment were more likely to have high HADS depression scores compared to patients who had not undergone treatment. Additionally, patients whose husbands were infertile had significantly lower total HADS and anxiety scores than those whose husbands were not infertile.

Conclusions

Age and male infertility are factors that influence the presence of anxiety and depression in female infertility patients.

Keywords:
Infertility; Anxiety; Mood disorder; Psychological test; Mental health