Perceived infertility-related stress correlates with in vitro fertilization outcome

Brian C. Cooper, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Judith R. Gerber, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Amy L. McGettrick, University of Vermont College of Medicine
Julia V. Johnson, University of Massachusetts Medical School

At the time of publication, Julia Johnson was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Abstract

To determine the effect of perceived infertility-related stress on IVF outcome, all couples undergoing their first cycle of IVF were administered the Fertility Problem Inventory from May 2002 and April 2005 at our institution. Couples who conceived during their first cycle of IVF had significantly higher measures of need for parenthood and loss of sexual enjoyment, compared with couples who did not conceive. Couples who achieved ongoing pregnancies had higher scores on measures of a negative view of a child-free lifestyle, need for parenthood, and total stress than those who did not.