Infertility problems and mental health symptoms in a community-based sample: Depressive symptoms among infertile men, but not women

Alicia Fairweather-Schmidt, Liana Leach, Peter Butterworth, Kaarin Anstey

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    Abstract

    Most researchers agree that men's and women's experiences of infertility are fundamentally different, and impacts upon the nature of psychological distress encountered. However, design flaws, including non-random samples unrepresentative of the general population, compromise many existing studies. Data derived from a random general community sample provides prevalence of current infertility, and permits examination of longitudinal associations between mental health symptoms and infertility among 1,978 participants aged 28-32 years. In the previous 12-months, infertility was experienced by 2.1% and 5.4% partnered men and women. Infertility independently predicted depressive symptomatology in men, and anxiety symptoms among women. Gender differences were sustained, even controlling for prior depression and anxiety. Health professionals are encouraged to proactively enquire about affective symptoms experienced by both women and men with infertility problems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-91
    Number of pages17
    JournalInternational Journal of Men's Health
    Volume13
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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