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Life 20 years after unsuccessful infertility treatment.

Wirtberg, Ingegerd LU ; Möller, Anders; Hogström, Lars; Tronstad, Sven-Erik and Lalos, Ann (2007) In Human Reproduction 22(2). p.598-604
Abstract
Background: This study explores the long-term experience of involuntary childlessness among 14 Swedish women 20 years after their infertility treatment. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted. Results: The childlessness had had a strong impact on all the women’s lives and was for all a major life theme. The effects were experienced both on a personal level and on interpersonal and social levels. Half of the women were separated, and in all but one, sexual life was affected in negative and long-lasting ways. The effects of childlessness were especially increased at the time the study was conducted, as the women’s peer group was entering the ‘grandparent phase’. Many coped with their childlessness by caring for others, such as the... (More)
Background: This study explores the long-term experience of involuntary childlessness among 14 Swedish women 20 years after their infertility treatment. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted. Results: The childlessness had had a strong impact on all the women’s lives and was for all a major life theme. The effects were experienced both on a personal level and on interpersonal and social levels. Half of the women were separated, and in all but one, sexual life was affected in negative and long-lasting ways. The effects of childlessness were especially increased at the time the study was conducted, as the women’s peer group was entering the ‘grandparent phase’. Many coped with their childlessness by caring for others, such as the children of friends or relatives, elderly parents or animals. Conclusion: These findings represent a small sample, but they point towards the need for developing models of counselling and support that stimulate self-reflection and strengthen personal resources and empowerment for individuals and couples experiencing involuntary childlessness. (Less)
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psychosocial impact, long-term effects, sexuality, quality of life, infertility
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Human Reproduction
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22
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2
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598 - 604
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Oxford University Press
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0268-1161
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10.1093/humrep/del401
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English
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  abstract     = {Background: This study explores the long-term experience of involuntary childlessness among 14 Swedish women 20 years after their infertility treatment. Methods: In-depth interviews were conducted. Results: The childlessness had had a strong impact on all the women’s lives and was for all a major life theme. The effects were experienced both on a personal level and on interpersonal and social levels. Half of the women were separated, and in all but one, sexual life was affected in negative and long-lasting ways. The effects of childlessness were especially increased at the time the study was conducted, as the women’s peer group was entering the ‘grandparent phase’. Many coped with their childlessness by caring for others, such as the children of friends or relatives, elderly parents or animals. Conclusion: These findings represent a small sample, but they point towards the need for developing models of counselling and support that stimulate self-reflection and strengthen personal resources and empowerment for individuals and couples experiencing involuntary childlessness.},
  author       = {Wirtberg, Ingegerd and Möller, Anders and Hogström, Lars and Tronstad, Sven-Erik and Lalos, Ann},
  issn         = {0268-1161},
  keyword      = {psychosocial impact,long-term effects,sexuality,quality of life,infertility},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {598--604},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  series       = {Human Reproduction},
  title        = {Life 20 years after unsuccessful infertility treatment.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/humrep/del401},
  volume       = {22},
  year         = {2007},
}