The impact of relationship status on IVF patients’ quality of life

Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen

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Abstract

Infertility treatments are emotionally taxing and include invasive and time-consuming procedures over extended periods of time. In light of the growing numbers of single mothers by choice, the objective of this study was to apply the Conservation of Resources Theory in the context of infertility care and examine whether relationship status constitutes a psychological resource that buffers the decline in quality of life during IVF treatments. We used the FertiQol questionnaire to compare the quality of life of IVF patients between 422 patients who are involved in a couple relationship (“attached”) and 117 patients who are not (“unattached”). Results show that the total FertiQol was significantly higher among the attached participants; the Core FertiQol and the Treatment FertiQol were rated higher by the “attached.” No significant differences were found between the attached and unattached for the Emotional and Social subscales. “unattached” participants report significantly lower levels of quality of life in the “mind-body” and “treatment tolerability” subscales than the “attached” participants. It is concluded that being involved in a long-term couple relationship is to be seen as a resource that buffers the decline in quality of life of infertile women undergoing IVF treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14-22
Number of pages9
JournalWomen and Health
Volume64
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2024
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • IVF
  • Infertility
  • quality of life
  • relationship status
  • single mothers

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