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Sexual satisfaction, intimacy and relationship of couples undergoing infertility treatment.
J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2019 04; 37(2):108-122.JR

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

To explore the infertility-related sexual and relationship concerns, sexual satisfaction and perceived intimacy of infertile couples.

BACKGROUND

Infertility is known to affect the psychosocial well-being of couples. Fertility treatment and the scheduled regime of sexual activities places further pressure on infertile couples.

METHODS

This was a cross-sectional study. Infertile couples who attended fertility clinics for treatment between November 2015 and March 2016 were invited. A total of 113 pairs of infertile women and men participated in the study as couples.

RESULTS

A significantly higher proportion of women than men reported that their partner did not understand how the problem of fertility affected them and had worries that they were drifting apart in their relationship. Significantly more men than women considered their sex life to be lacking in quality. In terms of perceived intimacy, more women than men reported that they had disclosed their feelings and negative emotions to their partner. The correlation analysis revealed significant positive correlations between sexual (dis)satisfaction and infertility-related sexual and relationship concerns in couples.

CONCLUSIONS

The results show that infertile couples suffer from infertility-related sexual and relationship concerns. An intervention study should be conducted to help these couples overcome such concerns.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a School of Nursing , Tung Wah College , Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong , China.b School of Nursing , The Hong Kong Polytechnic University , Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong , China.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30317866

Citation

Luk, Bronya H K., and Alice Yuen Loke. "Sexual Satisfaction, Intimacy and Relationship of Couples Undergoing Infertility Treatment." Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, vol. 37, no. 2, 2019, pp. 108-122.
Luk BHK, Loke AY. Sexual satisfaction, intimacy and relationship of couples undergoing infertility treatment. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2019;37(2):108-122.
Luk, B. H. K., & Loke, A. Y. (2019). Sexual satisfaction, intimacy and relationship of couples undergoing infertility treatment. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 37(2), 108-122. https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2018.1529407
Luk BHK, Loke AY. Sexual Satisfaction, Intimacy and Relationship of Couples Undergoing Infertility Treatment. J Reprod Infant Psychol. 2019;37(2):108-122. PubMed PMID: 30317866.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Sexual satisfaction, intimacy and relationship of couples undergoing infertility treatment. AU - Luk,Bronya H K, AU - Loke,Alice Yuen, Y1 - 2018/10/15/ PY - 2018/10/16/pubmed PY - 2020/4/28/medline PY - 2018/10/16/entrez KW - Sexual and relationship concerns KW - infertile couples KW - perceived intimacy KW - sexual satisfaction SP - 108 EP - 122 JF - Journal of reproductive and infant psychology JO - J Reprod Infant Psychol VL - 37 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: To explore the infertility-related sexual and relationship concerns, sexual satisfaction and perceived intimacy of infertile couples. BACKGROUND: Infertility is known to affect the psychosocial well-being of couples. Fertility treatment and the scheduled regime of sexual activities places further pressure on infertile couples. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study. Infertile couples who attended fertility clinics for treatment between November 2015 and March 2016 were invited. A total of 113 pairs of infertile women and men participated in the study as couples. RESULTS: A significantly higher proportion of women than men reported that their partner did not understand how the problem of fertility affected them and had worries that they were drifting apart in their relationship. Significantly more men than women considered their sex life to be lacking in quality. In terms of perceived intimacy, more women than men reported that they had disclosed their feelings and negative emotions to their partner. The correlation analysis revealed significant positive correlations between sexual (dis)satisfaction and infertility-related sexual and relationship concerns in couples. CONCLUSIONS: The results show that infertile couples suffer from infertility-related sexual and relationship concerns. An intervention study should be conducted to help these couples overcome such concerns. SN - 1469-672X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30317866/Sexual_satisfaction_intimacy_and_relationship_of_couples_undergoing_infertility_treatment_ L2 - http://www.diseaseinfosearch.org/result/9713 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -