The Impact of Infertility on the Psychological Well-Being, Marital Relationships, Sexual Relationships, and Quality of Life of Couples: A Systematic Review

Bronya Hi Kwan Luk, Jean Tak Alice Loke Yuen

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The purpose of this systematic review was to identify, with supporting evidence, the effect of infertility on couples. MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and CINHAL Plus articles were searched for relevant studies (2000-2014) published in English. Twenty articles were included in this review. The results showed that infertility affected couples in the following four aspects of their life: psychological well-being, marital relationships, sexual relationships, and quality of life. There is evidence that infertility has a negative effect on the psychological well-being and sexual relationships of couples, but the evidence is inconclusive for the effect on marital relationships and quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)610-625
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Sex and Marital Therapy
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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