Psychological consequences of IVF fertilization – Review of research

Alicja Malina 1, Julie Ann Pooley 2
1 - Instytut Psychologii, Wydział Pedagogiki i Psychologii, Uniwersytet Kazimierza Wielkiego
2 - School of Arts and Humanities, Edith Cowan University
Ann Agric Environ Med

ICID: 1232085
Article type: Original article
  Introduction and objective. Due to the reported efficacy of in vitro fertilization (IVF) this method of dealing with infertility is increasing being used. Experiencing IVF can be a source of psychological and emotional difficulties for couples trying to have a child. A systematic review was performed to discuss IVF as a psychological issue that impacts on the functioning of individuals, couples and families. Ebsco, Science Direct and PsycARTICLES databases were searched using the keywords: IVF fertilization, IVF psychology, infertility, and IVF consequences, using published peer reviewed articles from 2006 onwards. Studies in the English and Polish languages, peer reviewed and investigating general IVF and infertility psychological issues were included. Data was collected by the authors between June 2015-January 2016.
Brief description of the state of knowledge. Studies indicate that partners going through IVF may not have enough support from their closest social environments. It is argued that these unsupportive social interactions affect the well-being of couples, can hinder conception, and therefore are one of the reasons for attrition from IVF, the most effective assisted reproduction method.
Conclusions. There is a need to conduct studies on the effect of supportive social interactions for the functioning of couples undergoing IVF.
DOI: 10.5604/12321966.1232085    

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