ASRM: Subfertile Women Have Multiple Stressors

Korean study shows that envy of pregnant women may be highly stressful
By Rick Ansorge
HealthDay Reporter

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- In subfertile women, stress has many different sources, according to research presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine held Nov. 8 to 12 in San Francisco.

H.W. Kim, of the CHA Research Institute in Seoul, Korea, and colleagues surveyed 200 women about sociodemographic characteristics, health characteristics, infertility characteristics and infertility-related stress.

The researchers found that the question that caused the most stress was "envious of pregnant women." They also found that stress was strongly related to factors such as unemployment, a large difference in age with a partner, a sense of ill health, duration of infertility, and a history of two or more miscarriages.

Better understanding of subfertile women and caring for them by taking into account the factors that impact infertility-related stress based on this study, would help "reduce the infertility-related stress and it would be a huge contribution for nursing and supporting subfertile women," the authors conclude.

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